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Delano fire started intentionally


Firefighters search for signs of more fire after putting out a small blaze Thursday. - Scott Hunter photo

Investigators have talked with "people of interest" in regard to two fires set by humans Thursday on Alcan Road between the Delano Transfer Station and SR-155.

Grand Coulee, Electric City, and USBR firefighters, along with Grand Coulee police, responded.

The fires, burning only about one-tenth of an acre, were quickly extinguished.

About 16 firefighters with five wildland engines and one tender responded.

The call went out at 4:15 and the fires were out by 5 p.m. It was nearly 100 degrees at the time.

Volunteer Fire Chief Richard Paris stated that the hot, dry weather makes fire danger extreme. "It takes just a spark to start fires, even in what appears to be green vegetation," Paris said. Firefighters ask that you exercise caution during this fire season.

Paris noted the small fires were insignificant compared to the wildfires raging in nearby areas, "but very concerning because they were definitely started on purpose by someone. They are under investigation by the police and fire departments."

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