CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Spectators at last night’s Red, White & BOOM! celebration at the Jackson County Expo got more than they bargained for after fires sparked in nearby vegetation.
Viewer videos show Fire District 3 crews working to extinguish flames while the 20-minute fireworks display dazzled crowds late last night.
On Thursday, crews from FD 3 and the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) were still conducting mop-up operations on hot spots near the Expo—using bulldozers to churn through scorched patches of earth.
Fire officials said that they had fire crews and engines on-hand and ready when multiple brush fires sprang up near the display, allowing firefighters to quickly respond and keep the flames from spreading out of control.
Windy conditions meant that flames were able to move quickly through dry grass and brush near the Expo, but fire crews had those fires contained on Wednesday night.
NewsWatch 12 has reached out to Fire District 3 to confirm what started those fires. This is a developing story.