Lightning Sparks Fires Across The Area - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Lightning Sparks Fires Across The Area

SPOKANE, Wash. - Lightning lit up the skies Monday night and Tuesday morning, which sparked a series of brush fires across Spokane County. Fire crews rushed to put out five different fires, including one house fire, near Spangle on Tuesday.

Lightning caused the biggest brush fire on the 19000 block of S. Aspen Meadows Drive northwest of Spangle. Around 5:30AM, the family woke up out of a dead sleep when they heard the thunder and lighting. Dry lightning struck their property and started fires in three different places.

The fire tore across roughly four acres of their property charring brush, a family car, and a mobile food truck they were planning to use to restart their business.

The couple also said that the fires were spread even further by an electric fence on their property. While the fence was off, the metal wires carried the current across the yard and spread the fire even faster.

At one point, the couple and their grandchildren thought they were going to be completely surrounded by the fire but crews were able to put it out in time and saved their home.

Dry lightning also sparked brush fires on S. Murphy Road, West Morning Lane, and Watt Road as well as a fire at a single wide trailer on Dogwood Lane.

While crews put out all of the fires, there were still several hot spots as of Tuesday afternoon. The Department of Natural Resources would be checking those hot spots throughout the day to prevent any flare-ups.

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