Cheney brush fire burns 25 acres - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Cheney brush fire burns 25 acres

CHENEY, Wash. - Fire crews battled flames most of the afternoon after a Cheney homeowner lost control of his slash pile burning 25 acres of farmland on E St. Saturday.

Just after 11 AM winds carried flames from the slash pile Bruce Belisle was burning about a half mile across a field and dangerously close to neighboring homes.

KHQ was informed no one was injured.

Belisle told KHQ's Kaitlyn Bolduc he now faces multiple fines from the Department of Natural Resources and possibly Spokane's Clean Air Authority for not following proper procedure when burning brush.

Belisle says he tried to keep the fire under control himself by stomping out flames using a shovel and rake but called 9-1-1 when he realized the fire was no longer under his control.

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