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Firefighters: Man tries to torch gophers, sparks 20+ acre grass fire in Benton County

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BENTON COUNTY, Wash. -

Firefighters say an Eastern Washington man started a 20-25 acre fire Wednesday when he was trying to rid his property of gophers-- using a blowtorch.

Benton County Fire District 1 tells our sister station, NBC Right Now, that the fire started around 2:30 p.m. in the afternoon just off of East Badger Road in south Kennewick. The fire damaged one home, and had firefighters scrambling to protect nearby houses.

Crews were able to get it fully contained within an hour or so. 

According to KEPR-TV, crews estimate the fire caused roughly $20,000 in damage. 

Fire officials tell KEPR that no one was injured as a result of the fire. 

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