UPDATE: Brush Fire Quickly Contained North Of Otis Orchards - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

UPDATE: Brush Fire Quickly Contained North Of Otis Orchards

Spokane Valley Fire Department Press Release:

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.

Previous Coverage:

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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