Kennewick police had to help firefighters get to a brushfire near the Burlington Store Saturday after onlookers kept getting in the way.
First responders tell Action News they're seeing too much of this and they need your help.
Officers say they understand the interest, it's human nature to watch events as they unfold but it's starting to impede their ability to do their job.
"We'll communicate with you through the media as early and as often as we can," says Kennewick fire battalion chief Mike Barnett. "We ask that you stay out of the way."
He's asking nicely now in order to avoid harsher words during life-or-death situations.
The firefighter says it's for your safety as a civilian and as a member of this community that might someday need help.