CHENEY, Wash. - Fire crews from Spokane County responded to a wildfire Saturday near Cheney Plaza Road. The fire burned 97 acres toward the northeast section of the Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge.
About 50 firefighters from the Department of Natural Resources, Turnbull Refuge, Spokane County and City were dispatched, including 12 engines, a bulldozer, and single engine tanker to drop flame retardant and water. There is an inmate crew clearing brush at the front lines. No mandatory evacuations were issued for the fire.
One home was threatened, but it was not a primary residence. No damage was done to the home itself, but KHQ is told that some of the 97 acres burned was private land.
Also burning Saturday, a brush fire out near the Fishtrap Resort known as the Miller-Homestead Fire.
The fire was completely contained Saturday, but crews spent overnight and Sunday mopping up and making sure there weren't any flare ups.
Crews continue to monitor it but early estimates are that the fire burned 350 acres, most of it federal land, but about 20 acres of private land. No structures were damaged.
The cause is believed to be because of target shooting.
Friday, June 14 2013 1:16 PM EDT2013-06-14 17:16:21 GMT
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