Fire crews contain rapid moving brush fire

No reported injuries

Michele Anderson, Public Safety Communications Manager

Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 8:31 a.m.

Last night just before 5:00 p.m., members of the Spokane Fire Department and Spokane County Fire District 9 responded to the 1800 block of W. Liberty Ave. for a reported brush fire near Drumheller Springs Park. Follow up reports into 9-1-1 by citizens on scene indicated homes might be endangered and equipment was called to respond to handle both brush and structural fires.

First arriving crews found a rapidly moving brush fire threatening a residence. Crews were able to slow the progress of the fire at the edge of the residence limiting damage to the siding and shrubbery. The wind continued to push the fire and within a few minutes a second home was threatened. Crews were again able to block the path of the fire and kept the second residence from sustaining any significant damage.

In total, approximately two acres were involved in the fire and one home received mild damage to the exterior. Crews were on scene approximately three hours for containment and mop up of the fire.

No civilians, firefighters or pets were injured in the incident.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Spokane Fire Department Special Investigation Unit.

The Spokane Fire Department would like to remind the public fire conditions in the area are reaching extreme conditions. Continuing hot weather with limited precipitation and higher than normal winds are creating the potential for rapidly escalating fires. Please be extremely cautious when handling any materials that have the ability to start a fire. In the event of a fire, please utilize 9-1-1 immediately.