Recent Calls
Sun. Dec 9th 2018
Benton City, WA - At approximately 5:00 AM on Sunday, December 9th 2018 Benton County Fire Protection District 2 was dispatched to a residential structure fire in the 2200 block of W. Dusty Lane, Bent...
Mon. Jun 27th 2016
Crews work to contain the fire here at Knox and District Line in Benton City. When Fire Crews arrived the barn/garage was totally engulfed in flames. At least one vehicle was threatened.
Thu. Apr 14th 2016
Multiple agencies responding to the structure fire around 6 PM on the 1200 block of Hazel Avenue. Firefighters say when they arrived, the duplex was fully involved. It took firefighters about 40 minut...
Fri. Aug 14th 2015
High winds took down a power line and ignited a fire that jumped the Yakima River on Friday on Highway 225 north of Benton City. The power line went down at 75503 Highway 225, said Capt. Bill Reed of ...
Tue. Feb 17th 2015
The Benton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the cause of a Tuesday fire that destroyed a vacant Benton City house. The fire started about 9:45 a.m. at 61106 106 PR NE and burned for more...
News Headlines
Sun. May 28th 2017
WEST RICHLAND, WA.-- Benton Count Fire District 4 and Benton County Fire District 2 were called to the scene of a fire near Harrington Road on Saturday night. Right now, firefighters are not aware of ...
Fri. Jan 27th 2017
Usually, it’s a call that clears the Benton Fire District 2 hall. This week it was for soccer practice.After weeks of practice being canceled because of snow and frigid cold, three teams with th...
Sun. Jul 31st 2016
Range 12 fire 90% contained, 176,600 acres of Yakima, Benton counties scorched.Firefighters gained more ground Wednesday on the Range 12 Fire burning across Yakima and Benton counties, bringing contai...
Thu. Jul 14th 2016
Fire crews say the brush fire along Chandler Ridge near Benton City scorched about 4,000 acres Thursday night. Benton County Fire District #2 says 15 districts responded to fight the fire Thursday aft...
Sat. Jul 2nd 2016
Benton County Fire District #4 says overnight, fireworks started a brush fire in the area of Belmont and W. Van Giesen St. in West Richland. Flames burned about 5 acres. Fortunately, no one was hurt a...
Wildfire Safety

 

Wildland fires are a serious threat to lives and property in the U.S. The combination of drought, warmer temperatures, high winds and an excess of dried vegetation in forests and grasslands has made fire seasons progressively worse over the past 50 years. In the past decade, wildfires have burned over 60 million acres of these lands. According to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), 2012 saw one of the worst fire seasons in decades, with over nine million acres burned.

NFPA President Jim Pauley talks about the wildfire problem and what is being done to combat it. To learn more, read Pauley's First Word column in the September/October issue of NFPA Journal.

Facts and figures

  • According to the National Interagency Fire Center, 2014 saw more than 63,000 wildfires burn over 3.5 million acres.
     
  • According to the U.S. Fire Administration: In 2012, 67,774 wildfires burned 9,326,238 acres (an area that’s bigger than NJ, Connecticut and Delaware). This makes 2012 the third highest year with the most acres burned since national wildfire statistics have been kept, beginning in 1960. Remaining at the number one and two spots are 2006 with 9.9 million, and 2007 with 9.3 million.
     
  • In 2014, more than 1,900 primary structures were lost due to wildfire and attributed to house-to-house ignitions. From 2004 – 2014, primary structure losses totaled more than 15,000.
     
  • The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) cites more than 72,000 U.S. communities are now at risk from wildfire.
     
  • According to NFPA, large-loss fires accounted for nearly $800 million in direct property losses nationwide in 2011. The Bastrop County Complex (Texas) wildfire alone resulted in $400 million in property loss and was the largest of the large-loss fires recorded during that year. See the 10 largest loss wildland fires in the U.S.
     
  • InciWeb, an incident information system, provides the most timely and accurate wildfire incident information for the public, media relations and public affairs professionals. Wildfire information on InciWeb includes the name of the fire, location and number of acres burned. 

Wildfire activity
CLICK HERE to find current wildfires activity across the U.S. The map is updated every 24 hours and developed by GeoMAC. 


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