Tour Commander, 509.625.7100
Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at 11:12 a.m.
At 3:45 PM on Monday, August 8, 2022, a modified full alarm of structural and wildland companies responded to a report of a brush fire at the intersection of Riverside and Pittsburgh in Spokane's East Central neighborhood. First arriving SFD brush apparatus were on scene within minutes of dispatch. They reported a rapidly moving brush fire in a vacant city lot directly impinging on a shed and large warehouse. The initial incident commander immediately called for additional SFD resources.
Thankfully, the quick work of initial firefighters limited the fire damage to the exterior of the warehouse and shed. Firefighters were able to deploy hoses from several 4x4 vehicles designed explicitly for brush fires and from structural engine companies. The fire was contained within 30-minutes of SFD's arrival. One of the most significant challenges faced by SFD crews on this incident was the high ambient air temperature (98 degrees Fahrenheit). An important focus was placed on the proper hydration and work/rest cycles of the firefighters on the scene. There were no reported injuries to SFD firefighters or civilians.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Spokane Fire Department Special Investigation Unit.
Educational Message: Be aware of fire conditions, and recognize when the danger of a wildfire starting and spreading is high. High fire danger conditions include high winds, low humidity, drought, and elevated temperatures. Be careful when burning outdoors, including campfires, to avoid accidental ignitions. Avoid outdoor burning on high fire days and comply with official burn restrictions. Do not throw cigarettes into vegetation, landscaping, peat moss, dried grass, mulch, or leaves, as these can easily catch fire.