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SPOKANE, Wash. - Fire crews responded to the report of a brush fire in Northeast Spokane just before 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon near Magnesium and Nevada.

Fire officials say the fire was initially burning a 15' by 15' area but had spread to 25 acres by 6:26 p.m. before being completely contained. The fire was primarily burning dry grass but when it hit denser areas near the base of trees, the flames shot up the trunks and into the branches creating large flames and very visible plumes of smoke.

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 - Before discharging fireworks, check to see if they are allowed in that location. It is illegal to discharge fireworks on state protected and public lands;

 - Be sure recreational vehicles have operating spark arresters;

 - Do not park any vehicles in dry, grassy areas as the heat from exhaust systems can ignite the dry grass;

 - Never leave a campfire unattended, and be sure it is completely out before leaving the area.

The fire started near Fire District Nine and more than 40 firefighters responded to the scene to fight the fire.

Fire officials have not yet determined the cause of this fire but say fire danger is high and are urging you to be careful ahead of the holiday weekend.

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