Prosser — Prosser officials plan to hold the annual Fourth of July fireworks display Friday night after high winds and fires forced them to scrap Thursdays show.
Wind gusts up to 18 miles per hour and area brush fires that kept firefighters busy forced officials to cancel Thursdays display after hundreds of spectators had spread out lawn chairs and blankets in the grass around Art Fiker Stadium, said Capt. Seth Johnson of Prosser Fire District 3.
Meanwhile, Prosser firefighters were occupied fighting three brush fires, leaving the display without the protection required by city code, Johnson said.
Authorities used loudspeakers and bullhorns to break the news to the crowd.
Early in the afternoon, firefighters took a Prosser truck to help battle a 100-acre blaze in Webber Canyon between Benton City and Kennewick, coming straight home about 6:30 p.m. to put out a 10-acre fire started by a burn barrel near a trailer park on Higdon Road just east of town, Johnson said.
At 9:30 p.m., just as they mopped up on Higdon Road, firefighters rushed to a 20-acre fire started by errant fireworks west of the city along Ward Gap Road near State Route 22, Johnson said. Multiple agencies from Benton County assisted putting out that fire, which came within 20 feet of a home, Johnson said.
Weather permitting, the pyrotechnic display will be at 10 p.m. near Art Fiker Stadium, according to the Prosser Chamber of Commerce. The National Weather Service forecast called for winds up to 11 miles per hour tonight.