No structure damage at Route 66 Speedway fire - KOAM TV 7

No structure damage at Route 66 Speedway fire


Updated August 31 at 4:45 PM CST:  One benefit of the rain many Four State areas are enjoying is it reduces the risk of fires like the one that swept through the old Route 66 Speedway west of Joplin yesterday.

Investigators tell us the heavy smoke from that fire was from burning tires, but they say there was no structural damage.

Fire crews from several departments battled that fire for several hours yesterday after a controlled burn by the Carl Junction Fire Department got out of hand.

The Joplin Fire Department and Redings Mill Fire Department assisted in getting the fire under control.

Updated August 30 at 3:40 PM CST:  The Carl Junction Fire Department tells us they were doing a controlled burn of the infield at the old Route 66 Motor Speedway early this afternoon when it got out of control due to the wind.

Carl Junction Fire Chief Bill Dunn says the fires on the outer edges started spreading fast so they called for assistance at around 12:30 p.m.

As of 3:30 p.m. the fire seems to be under control.  Dunn says they will continue to put water and foam on the outer edges of the fire and hopes it will be out within the next hour.

The burn was being done because next week a fireworks convention is going to be held and a huge fireworks display is planned.

Dunn confirms that there is no burn ban in the Carl Junction Fire District, but they are urging people not to burn especially after seeing how quickly this one got out of control.

Updated August 30 at 3:27 PM CST:  Officials tell us the fire at the racetrack was a control burn that got out of hand.

Updated August 30 at 1:45 PM CST:  Our crew on the scene says the fire is now north of Junge Boulevard.

Posted August 30 at 1:30 PM CST:  Fire crews are working a fire near 7th and Black Cat Road west of Joplin.  We have a crew on the scene and will provide updates as they are confirmed.

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