One of the first brush fires of the fire season - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

One of the first brush fires of the fire season

SPOKANE, Wash.- Spokane County Firefighters battled one of the first brush fires of the fire season, which officially started April 15. It broke out just after midnight Wednesday morning just south of downtown Spokane. It happened in a field just off Sherman and Hartson Avenues.  

KHQ was on scene as firefighters worked to get the fire out before it spread. At its peak, the fire was about 20' x 20', but firefighters say the wind was blowing pretty strongly and there was every possibility the fire could spread.  

Ultimately, crews were able to get the fire under control and out. They had to use one of their Brush Fire Rigs, which is different from one of their regular fire engines. The Brush Rigs are used for wild land fires and brush fires; they are 4x4 vehicles that use smaller hoses that are more maneuverable in woody environments.  

Right now there is no word on a cause. Fire Chief Craig Cornelius says when his crews arrived on scene, they found a homeless person asleep in the middle of the field where the brush fire first broke out. They say it's not likely he had anything to do with the fire, though he was briefly questioned by crews, then released.  

A fire investigator will be on scene Wednesday to determine a cause.

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