KENNEWICK, Wash - An estimated 5,000 acre fire scorched through southern Kennewick Saturday afternoon until firefighters were able to halt the advance of it today.
With nearly 100 fire resources and state airplanes assigned to the fire, the battle is far from over.
According to a report from Tri-City Herald, fire officials claim the fire could have consumed hundreds of homes with ease factoring in the wind.
Dozens of people were evacuated, but no significant injuries, nor any human deaths have been reported at this time.
The fire started Saturday at around 2:45 p.m. along Bofer Canyon Road near Interstate 82. The winds quickly carried it south towards Kennewick's Canyon Lakes and Inspiration Estates neighborhoods where it destroyed five houses and killed two horses.
Firefighters were able to prevent the fire from advancing past 42nd Avenue Saturday night before it turned toward Finley.
The Washington State Department of Transportation shutdown eight miles of Highway 397 while fire resources handled the blaze.
According to the Benton County Sheriff's office, the fire is not 100 percent contained but the situation is much better as of Sunday morning.
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