SOUTH OF KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Firefighters are gaining the upper hand in containing the brush fire that started along Clodfelter Road in Badger Canyon. All evacuation orders have been lifted.
38 engines and more than 110 firefighters have responded to the blaze south of Kennewick.
No homes have been lost, but some structures may have been damaged.
The fire has burned at least 9 square miles. Interstate 82 was closed for an hour this afternoon, but all lanes are open now.
PREVIOUS COVERAGE: As a result of the fire in south Kennewick anyone who wishes to evacuate large animals may take their animals to the Benton/Franklin County Fair Grounds. Officials will be available at the 10th street entrance to the fair grounds to assist with the sheltering of large animals. Please, only use the 10th street entrance there will be no assistance at any other entrance.
BENTON COUNTY, Wash. -- Benton County firefighters are currently working to put out a large brush fire in Badger Canyon just south of Interstate 82.
Area fire crews have responded to the fire in the south Kennewick area, at Clodfelter and Christensen Road.
The fire has burned approximately 9 square miles and continues to burn.The Red Cross says seven to ten homes have already been evacuated.
Kennewick Police say the large fire is moving into southwest Kennewick near Hansen Park.
Police are asking people to avoid W. Clearwater Ave, west of Columbia Center Blvd and 10th Avenue.
Washington State Department of Transportation has also closed Interstate 82 from eastbound milepost 109, near Badger Road to milepost 113 interchange due to a brush fire that is close to the roadway and limited visibility due to smoke over the roadway
An alternate route is available on Interstate 182.
Residents on Clodfelter and Christensen road and the area typically known as 5 Corners have been asked to leave the area as a precaution.
If you cannot evacuate take shelter indoors and turn off all sources of outside air to prevent unnecessary smoke exposure.
The American Red Cross will be opening a shelter at Highland Middle School, located at 425 Tweedt, Kennewick WA 99337. The Shelter is expected to be open at 6:00 PM for any residents who have evacuated.
The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.