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While Spokane firefighters battled this fire in northwest Spokane, many others were out battling wildfires in Washington and Idaho While Spokane firefighters battled this fire in northwest Spokane, many others were out battling wildfires in Washington and Idaho
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Monday morning 40 Spokane firefighters fought flames at a house fire in North Spokane on Indian Trail Road.

"They're heroes in my book," said neighbor Jamie Pabian.

The fire destroyed the home, but the couple living inside were able to safely escape.

"They were faced with many challenges once we got here," explained Spokane Battalion Chief Dave Haworth.

And, while firefighters worked in northwest Spokane, dozens of firefighters worked near Quincy, and Springdale, and Bayview, Idaho.

"The whole county mobilizes around these incidents...we all just move into each other's areas and cover each other's backs," said Haworth.

So how do they do it all?

"How are there any left, there's too many wildfires?" asked Pabian

But, local firefighters assured us, they always keep plenty of staffing available and they've been canceling some of their training exercises to have more people ready to go at a moments notice.

And, as long as we do our job - which is being extra careful, firefighting teams are confident they can do theirs to keep us safe all summer long.

"We have it under control," said Haworth.  "We can deal with whatever gets thrown at us, it's just a question of how many fires happen at one time - that's what stretches us thin." 

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