Clodfelter Fire Update- Evacuated Residents Allowed Home

Kennewick residents who were evacuated yesterday due to a brush fire are now allowed to return to their homes.

Winds helped fuel the fast moving blaze which burned across nine square miles near South Clodfelter Avenue and Leslie Road Yesterday.

Firefighters helped save more than 50 homes, although there were a few reports of damage to fences.

Officials are not sure of the cause.


Original Story-

Firefighters are battling a major brush fire near Clodfelter Road in Kennewick and are working to keep structures and homes in the area safe. 

Traffic is blocked off from reaching the area, and people are advised to stay away if at all possible. 

I-82 is now closed from milepost 109 to mileopst 113 near Badger Road. There is no estimation as to when the highway will re-open in that area             

The public is asked as well to avoid the Clodfelter and Christensen Road area, and not to travel west of Columbia Center Boulevard on 10th or Clearwater Ave.

The Red Cross is also setting up a shelter for those who have had to evacuate their homes a Highlands Middle School in Kennewick.

As a result of the fire in south Kennewick any residents who wish to evacuate large animals may take their animals to the Benton/Franklin County Fair Grounds. Officials will be available at the 10th street entrance to the fair grounds to assist with the sheltering of large animals.   Please, only use the 10th street entrance there will be no assistance at any other entrance.