ALSEA, Ore. – A fire in Alsea on the Fourth of July was caused by fireworks intentionally thrown from a car, Benton County Sheriff’s deputies say.
At about 4:15 p.m., deputies responded to Highway 34 near milepost 31 to help the Alsea Fire Department. The fire was quickly contained with the assistance of Oregon Department of Forestry fire crews.
Deputies say a witness reported seeing someone throwing a firework out of a vehicle, causing the blaze.
Then at about 8:45 p.m., a Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy found the vehicle on Highway 34 near milepost 4 and saw illegal fireworks inside while conducting a traffic stop.
Roughly 0.64 acres were burned, including both the east and west sides of the highway.
Driver Tyler Weeks and passenger Tristan Forrest allegedly admitted to lighting off illegal fireworks. They were taken to the Benton County Jail on charges of second-degree arson, reckless burning, possession of illegal fireworks, first-degree criminal mischief and first-degree disorderly conduct.