Fire burning near Airway Heights in mop up stages - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Fire burning near Airway Heights in mop up stages

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AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. -

Update 3 p.m. Monday: Spokane firefighters with Fire District 10 assisted the Department of Natural Resources Sunday with a 34-acre wildfire near Airway Heights. Firefighters were able to get a containment line around the entire fire Sunday night. 

The fire required resources from several fire districts and the DNR and was fought from the ground as well as the air. Level 2 and 3 evacuations were ordered and then lifted Sunday night. 

No injuries to firefighters or the public were reported.

Firefighters will be in the area of the fire for the next several days putting out hot spots and removing dangerous trees that could become a fall hazard.

Update 6:15 p.m.: A brush fire near Airway Heights has grown to 15 acres Sunday evening, but fire crews on the scene say they are getting a hold of the blaze.

Right now firefighters say the fire is controlled, but not yet contained. However all evacuations for the fire have been lifted.

Officials say roads closed by the fire should be reopened by 9 p.m.

Previous coverage:

Fire crews in Airway Heights are battling a brush fire in the area Sunday afternoon.

KHQ's Katie Chen reports the fire is about 10 acres and growing as of 4:30 p.m.

Deputies say about 20 homes in the area have been evacuated.

Fire crews have issued level 3 evacuations for a two mile radius around Newkirk Road. That means people around Newkirk should leave now.

 Outside of that two mile radius, the area is under level 2 evacuations, meaning people in that area should be ready to leave at a moment's notice.

The fire sparked off near Garfield Road at the bottom of a hill and winds pushed the fire up the hill.

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