Fireworks blamed in wildfire

  • Mon Jul 5th, 2010 8:11pm
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Associated Press

SEATTLE — Two wildfires that blazed through nearly 5,000 acres have been extinguished, leaving behind burnt vehicles and a damaged home. Officials say fireworks are the cause for at least one of the fires.

Firefighters battled a blaze in southern Douglas County that has scorched nearly 3,000 acres since Sunday.

Spokane Country Fire District 9 Capt. Dan Walsh tells The Associated Press that no structures were in danger from the fire burning near the Grant County Line.

But on Sunday, the fire’s extremely smoky conditions prompted county officials to urge residents in the Crescent Bar area to remain inside their homes.

Meanwhile, crews were mopping up hot spots from a wildfire that burned more than 1,200 acres and briefly forced the evacuation of as many as 50 homes in another section of Douglas County.

The blaze in the McConihe Flats area about three miles northwest of Moses Lake was brought under control Sunday evening and evacuated residents were allowed to return home.

Officials say the flames burned a home and two other structures and destroyed several vehicles. No serious injuries were reported.

Grant County Chief Deputy Fire Marshal Bruce Gribble said investigators determined the fire was caused by fireworks. He said he is forwarding a report to the prosecutor’s office.

Kyle Foreman, spokesman for the county’s emergency management office, told the Spokesman-Review officials know the parties involved in starting the fire.