Benton County Firefighters including the Kennewick Firefighters stayed very busy over the 4th of July weekend.

If you were in the Columbia Basin this weekend and looked skyward, you saw fireworks soar from Pasco, Richland, West Richland, and even Kennewick, where fireworks are illegal, fill the night sky.

The fireworks meant that our local firefighters were kept quite busy with fire calls. One call according to the Kennewick Police Department was at Canal and Volland in Kennewick. According to the KPD, illegal fireworks were the cause of the fire at the intersection and luckily no structures were damaged. KPD is still investigating and searching for the culprit of the fire.

In a posting from the Benton County Fire District, they say firefighters remained busy Sunday night and into Monday morning as numerous fires sparked across the Tri-Cities region.

Fire departments across the area respond to approximately 51 fire calls from 5:56 pm on the 4th until 7:52 am this morning on the 5th.

According to the posting, at the peak of the fire out on Game Farm Road in Finley, there were 35 firefighters on site.

The posting concluded that record-high summer temperatures over the 4th made the fire fighting efforts a challenge.

Up into the Yakima Valley, firefighters responded to 21 different fires and 30 medical emergencies, most related to fireworks.

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