- Associated Press - Saturday, March 7, 2015

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - Unseasonably warm weather and blustery winds contributed to a grass fire in an area called Brush Prairie northeast of Vancouver.

Clark County Fire Battalion Chief Dave O’Brien says they responded to a 1 acre grass fire Saturday afternoon. Officials believe it started when a weed-eater with a hot muffler was placed in some dry grass.

Two squads and an engine responded and had the fire under control in about 20 minutes. But an abandoned car was consumed by the fire and a second car was damaged.

O’Brien says “it’s incredibly dry out there.” He says the warm weather has dried out tall, dead grass in the county. Those conditions contributed to the blaze.

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