Just before 12:00 p.m. today a citizen walked in to Spokane
Valley Fire Department's Otis Orchard Station to tell the crew they thought
they could see a column of smoke from a possible brush fire in the area of
Trent and Harvard. At 12:05 p.m. units
from the Spokane Valley (SVFD), Newman Lake, and Hauser Lake Fire Departments.
At that time, it was still undetermined the
exact location of the fire. The fire
was found in the vicinity of 7108 N. Harvard Road. SVFD and Newman Lake Fire Department set up a unified command and
requested the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). At the peak of the fire there were 7 units from Newman Lake, 1
unit from Hauser Lake, 3 units for SVFD, and 5 units from DNR.
The fire was burning in brush and some timber. Even though a Structure Protection Group was
established there was never any threat to structures and no evacuation was
required. DNR requested a dozer to
respond and establish a perimeter around the fire. The dozer completed the line around the fire and the fire was
100% contained to approximately 2 acres at 2:48 p.m.
About a half hour before the fire was contained a firefighter
from Newman Lake began to feel light headed.
He was quickly taken off the fire line, given fluids, and brought back
to the command post. AMR transported
the firefighter to Valley Hospital as a precautionary measure.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by DNR. For additional information about the
investigation, contact DNR.
The Spokane Valley Fire
Department would like to remind everyone that you should have an evacuation
plan in place in the event of a wild fire.
OTIS ORCHARDS, Wash. - Firefighters from multiple agencies were called out to a brush fire north of Otis Orchards Saturday afternoon.
The call came in just after noon off of Harvard Road north of Trent. While en route firefighters could see a large plume of smoke coming from a wooded area.
Once crews were able to find the best way to access the blaze, they began their attack and were quickly able to contain the flames to about two acres.
Firefighters will remain on scene for a few more hours to make sure there aren't any flare-ups.
There were no reports of injuries or any structures damaged.
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