Fire season in February?

Fire season in February? »Play Video
TRI-CITIES, Wash. -- Fire season doesn't technically start for another two months, but local firefighters say they've already had their hands full with a number of wildfires. Crews with Benton and Franklin Counties have put out a half-dozen "substantial" wildfires in just the last few weeks.

High winds and a fairly dry winter are the biggest contributing factors. Firefighters say this season could get rough.

"We're getting a quick jump on them and getting them out rather quickly, but if this sun continues and the warmth continues and starts building up, we're in for a hard fire season this year," says Benton Fire District #1 Capt. Devin Helland.

Last year, crews expected an intense season as well, but they only responded to a fraction of the number of fires they had planned for.

Firefighters are beginning seasonal wildland fire training.