The fire that scorched 70 acres on Bateman Island is now "100% controlled."

the fire is still only 60% contained. The fire started last night, leading to the evacuation of the people that were on Bateman Island. You could see the large plume of smoke from Kennewick, Richland, and especially Pasco.

Various departments have been assisting in the firefight including Benton County, Franklin County, and Hanford Fire.

Franklin CO Fire #3 Firefighter Mark Torrescano
Franklin CO Fire #3 Firefighter Mark Torrescano

UPDATE: Fire officials say the fire was likely caused by people, as there was no lightning. The fire has now scorched 2/3 of the island, over 100 acres. Bateman Island will now be closed indefinitely.

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