BATEMAN ISLAND, WASHINGTON STATE
Incident Summary: A brush fire reportedly broke out at least 4 hours (around 1900 hours PDT) ago on Bateman Island located between Richland and Kennewick, Washington.
Size: It is unknown as to how many acres have been consumed, but Chief Tom Huntington said during a local news presser, that the island is a total loss.
Resources: About 20-30 personnel from Richland Fire, Hanford Fire, Kennewick Fire, Franklin Fire District #3, Pasco Fire and Benton County Fire District #1 are either on-scene. More are expected to arrive on Monday, including those from the US Fish and Wildlife Services.
Fire Tactics: Small brush trucks are being used in the area, hand crews are having to wade through the water to get to the other side and Franklin County Fire District #3 has brought in an ATV to help haul equipment, REHAB supplies and other miscellaneous items.
Evacuations: People were on Bateman Island at the time of the fire broke out and were all said to have evacuated safely.
ABOUT BATEMAN ISLAND
Bateman Island is an island located on the Columbia River between the Cities of Richland and Kennewick, Washington State. It is approximately 1 mile long and 0.5 miles wide (about 160 acres) and is part of the city of Richland, Bateman Island was formerly known as Riverview Island.
The Bateman Island suffered a significant wildfire in 2001 and it took five days for it to be completely out. Residents have taken off 27 tons of garbage, beer cans and other debris that gathered over a course of 60 years off the small piece of paradise. The Island was starting to recover from the 2011 wildfire.
This area is home to rec activities such as, fishing, bird watching and hiking and to several different species of wildlife, including deer, birds, carp in the wet season, and numerous small animals.
Fire Image | Dale Ray (was published with written permission)
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