16 Suspicious Fires Spark In Kennewick SR 240 Median Within Week - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

16 Suspicious Fires Spark In Kennewick SR 240 Median Within Weeks

Posted: Updated:
It's a fire mystery. A suspicious number of small fires are popping up in Kennewick. It's a fire mystery. A suspicious number of small fires are popping up in Kennewick.

KENNEWICK, WA - NBC Right Now was on the scene of an active fire Tuesday in the median of Highway 240 in Kennewick.

The Kennewick Fire Department says this is at least the 16th fire between the Edison street exit and highway 395 in less than a month.

Each time crews respond they search the area for any clues of what could have sparked the fires. So far, there have been two car crashes near the fires. 

-------------------------------

PREVIOUS/KENNEWICK, WA – It's a fire mystery. A suspicious number of small, suspicious fires are popping up in Kennewick.

Last Friday, NBC Right Now reported there were five fires in the median of SR 240 between Edison Street and Highway 395. Now NBC Right Now confirms that there has been 11 individual reported fires in total.

Talking with a Deputy Fire Marshal, we've discovered there seems to be somewhat of a pattern. Of the 11 fires eight of them were reported in between 2:30 and 5 p.m. over the past couple weeks. The most recent one was Thursday morning around 7:30.

Crews have been going out to the median just to survey the area for any clues. They say they're seeing thousands of discarded cigarette butts. If you are discarding these, they advise you to stop now. With crews already stretched thin the Kennewick Fire Department fears a large fire could grow from one of these sparks.

"We've been sending man power out to all these other fires to right now so we're real thin. If we have a major fire it's going to be hard to fight. We're going to really have to rely on the mutual aid we have with out brother and sister agencies," explained Deputy Fire Marshal Joe Terpenning.

You could be held accountable for these fires if you're seen throwing a cigarette out your window. Traffic slows down anytime crews report to the median as people slow to watch them work and that has already caused an accident this week.

If you see anything suspicious you're asked to call the Kennewick Fire Department at (509) 737-0911. 
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Regional NewsMore>>

  • NICU Flight Education Day

    NICU Flight Education Day

    Thursday, April 19 2018 9:56 PM EDT2018-04-20 01:56:54 GMT
    Thursday, April 19 2018 10:23 PM EDT2018-04-20 02:23:20 GMT

    "This helps us take our basic skills and build on that foundation. It helps us continually work on those skills, run through scenarios. Perfect practice in these scenarios, so when that patient does arrive, we are better equipped and better trained to handle these at-risk premature infants."

    >>

    "This helps us take our basic skills and build on that foundation. It helps us continually work on those skills, run through scenarios. Perfect practice in these scenarios, so when that patient does arrive, we are better equipped and better trained to handle these at-risk premature infants."

    >>
  • How to find out if your Facebook information was stolen by Cambridge Analytica

    How to find out if your Facebook information was stolen by Cambridge Analytica

    Monday, April 9 2018 11:53 AM EDT2018-04-09 15:53:40 GMT

    Facebook is notifying roughly 87 million people who had their information scooped up by political research firm Cambridge Analytica recently.  About 70 million are in the United States, while the rest are primarily in the UK, Indonesia, and the Philippines.  If your information was stolen, a notification will appear at the top of your Facebook newsfeed, along with a new button for changing your privacy settings. Even if your information wasn't stolen, it might be a good ti...

    >>

    Facebook is notifying roughly 87 million people who had their information scooped up by political research firm Cambridge Analytica recently.  About 70 million are in the United States, while the rest are primarily in the UK, Indonesia, and the Philippines.  If your information was stolen, a notification will appear at the top of your Facebook newsfeed, along with a new button for changing your privacy settings. Even if your information wasn't stolen, it might be a good ti...

    >>
  • Interior Department backs off plan to increase fees at popular parks

    Interior Department backs off plan to increase fees at popular parks

    Wednesday, April 4 2018 10:28 AM EDT2018-04-04 14:28:16 GMT
    Yosemite National Park Facebook pageYosemite National Park Facebook page
    The Interior Department is rolling back its plan to increase fees at 17 of the nation's most popular parks.  An interior official says the department is amending the plan following major backlash from the public.  The admission hike would have more than doubled fees during the peak summer season, forcing visitors to pay $70 a car. No word yet on exactly how the rates are being revised. >>
    The Interior Department is rolling back its plan to increase fees at 17 of the nation's most popular parks.  An interior official says the department is amending the plan following major backlash from the public.  The admission hike would have more than doubled fees during the peak summer season, forcing visitors to pay $70 a car. No word yet on exactly how the rates are being revised. >>