Fireworks cause of Myrtle Creek fire, officials say

Officials say fireworks are to blame.

Posted: Jun 24, 2020 8:17 AM
Updated: Jun 24, 2020 10:51 AM

MYRTLE CREEK, Ore. -- Fireworks are now on sale ahead of Independence Day, but officials are reminding people to be careful after a fire broke out in Myrtle Creek.

The Douglas Forest Protective Association and the Myrtle Creek Rural Fire Department suppressed a natural cover fire Tuesday afternoon located five miles northwest of Myrtle Creek between the end of Weigle Road and the South Umpqua River.

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It scorched a quarter acre of grass and brush before firefighters contained the blaze.

Evidence located at the scene of the fire indicated that the cause of the Weigle Road Fire was related to the use of fireworks; however, the responsible party was not located.

Individuals discharging fireworks in wildland areas can be fined up to $1,000 in addition to being billed for fire suppression cost if their actions result in the start of a wildfire.

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