Fire breaks loose on Candy Mountain

By Rashaad O'Neal

West Richard, Washington (KAPP) -- UPDATE: 100% of the fire has been contained. No homes were damaged. No residents of the area were injured. One Firefighter suffered a minor injury. Over 200 acres of Candy Mountain was damaged.

Around 12:30 A.M., a fire broke out on the Southside of the Candy Mountain in West Richland.

Residents that live on Milky Way, West Lattin Road and Kennedy road were evacuated immediately where they were taken to the Bombing Range Sports Complex.

The winds were pushing the smoke to the Southside of the mountain. Officials say by the time the fire is put out, an estimated 100-150 acres will be destroyed.

West Richland Mayor Brent Gerry said with all of the wildfires breaking out in the Pacific Northwest, he's unfortunately not surprised his town fell victim to the blaze.

"It's certainly something unfortunate We dodged a lot of bullets around the Tri-Cities area this fire season," said Gerry. "With everything else on fire, it's only a matter time when something like this would happen."

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.


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