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Prosser wildfire threatens homes, crops overnight

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Fire information officer Ben Shearer provides details about an estimated 2,500-acre wildfire south of Prosser.
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Fire information officer Ben Shearer provides details about an estimated 2,500-acre wildfire south of Prosser.

A 2,500-acre wildfire near Prosser is just about contained after threatening homes and crops Wednesday night.

Flames broke out at 7:30 p.m. south of Prosser's Painted Hills subdivision on the south side of Highway 22.

Steady wind pushed the fire fast across the hills, threatening homes, crops and infrastructure, officials said.

Firefighters from three Benton County agencies and one Yakima agency responded to the blaze.

Officials issued a notice asking people between Richards Road to the Lincoln Grade to be ready to flee.

The state fire marshal's office brought in three strike teams of fire engines around 2:24 a.m.

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A 2,500-acre wildfire threatened homes Wednesday night near Prosser. Bob Brawdy Tri-City Herald

Fire officials said teams battled the fire throughout the night. They had the fire about 80 percent contained as of 5 a.m.

The evacuation notice was lifted Thursday morning, fire officials said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Officials said the fire is Benton County's third to require state help this year. The other two — the Les Blair and Easterday fires — happened in the southeastern part of the county.

Cameron Probert: 509-582-1402; Twitter: @cameroncprobert
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