Fireworks Fire

SELAH - A fire destroyed about 50 acres. Firefighters believe the battle has only begun if people don't start following the law.

"We're not finding any hot spots right now, but we just want to cover our bases," says Selah firefighter John Shipley. Nearly a day after a fire on Lookout Point Drive, firefighters like Shipley are still making sure it's really out.

Kids were lighting fireworks off in a culvert. Because there is dry grass and high winds, one got away and the fire spread quickly. Action News was there Wednesday evening, as nearly every fire department in the upper valley tried to stop the brush fire. It grew to be about a mile long. Selah Fire Chief Jerry Davis says it was tough to fight on the terrain. "There are no roads, so there were a lot of pump cans and shovels, and firefighters were walking fire lines," he says. It took them about six hours to put it out in the high winds."

"Fireworks are illegal, bottom line," Selah firefighter Ron Cline points out. "They just shouldn't be out here." There are only seven places in Yakima County that allow people to even own fireworks and Selah isn't one of them. "If it's illegal, how did these kids get these fireworks?" Action News asks. "The family had them from a previous year it sounds like. Because you can buy them," Davis says. You can only buy certain fireworks to use on your own property in the towns of Grandview, Granger, Naches, Moxee, Zillah or on tribal land.

The fire department says not only is shooting fireworks illegal in many areas, it's especially dangerous now. "We've had above average temperatures two or three weeks and it's dried everything out." says Davis. You can see just by looking at what's left after the fire, fireworks can be a big problem.

Firework fines vary by city. In Selah, they say fireworks that cause a fire can cost you $250. The fire chief says he hasn't heard what's in store for the two kids who started this fire yet. They're likely in for at least a few fire intervention classes.