Firefighters in Kennewick say strong winds reignited a hay and debris fire at the Benton County Fairgrounds Friday morning.
KENNEWICK, WA - Firefighters in Kennewick say strong winds reignited a hay and debris fire at the Benton County Fairgrounds Friday morning.
The fire started Thursday afternoon, in a pile of debris on the southeast corner of the fairgrounds, due to spontaneous combustion.
Firefighters thought they had put out the fire. However, they say the wind exposed pockets of heat in the pile, allowing the fire to rekindle around 3:30 a.m. Crews were dealing with wind gusts up to 30 miles per hour, at the time.
"[The wind] pushes the smoke in a predictable direction which helps a little bit, but it spreads the fire more quickly and intensifies the fire," said Captain Troy Stratford, from the Kennewick Fire Department. "The temperatures in the fire were over 1200 degrees on our thermal imaging camera. It [was] hot all the way through."
Once the fire was under control, fairground crews spent several hours breaking down the smoldering debris.