Crews continue to fight brush fire near Highway 195 - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Crews continue to fight brush fire near Highway 195

Posted: Updated:
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Update: 4:50 p.m.: Washington State Patrol reports the Snag fire burning south of Spokane is 50 percent contained as of Saturday evening. Crews are expected to be on the scene of the fire through the night Saturday.

Update 3:30 p.m.: Washington State Patrol reports the Snag Fire burning near highway 195 south of Spokane is now 30 percent contained. Evacuation orders remain in place and motorists are urged to use caution. 

One southbound lane of Highway 195 will remain closed through the night so that firefighters can continue monitoring the fire. 

Update 2:25 p.m.: Crews appear to be getting the upper hand on a fire burning near Highway 195 south of Spokane Saturday afternoon. Washington Department of Natural Resources reports the Snag fire was about 10 acres at last report. Level 2 evacuations are still in place for residents in the area as of 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Multiple agencies are working together to bring the fire under control including Washington State Patrol, DNR, and several Spokane Fire Districts. Three planes, and a helicopter are dropping water on the fire from the air. 

Despite reports of possibly shutting down northbound lanes of traffic, all northbound lanes of Highway 195 remain open. Southbound lanes were closed briefly while fire crews worked, but one lane of Southbound Highway 195 has since reopened. 

Fire crews report one firefighter was taken to an area hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. No other injuries have been reported.

Trooper Jeff Sevigney reminds those around the fire to keep drones on the ground, as firefighting efforts were hampered by drones over the fire on Saturday. 

Trooper Sevigney also says motorists should avoid the area while crews continue to fight the fire Saturday.

Previous coverage:

Firefighters have issued level 2 evacuation orders Saturday because of a wildfire burning off of S. Highway 195 near Wildflower Lane South of Spokane. Residents in the area should be ready to leave at a moment's notice.

Fire crews have been on the scene fighting the fire since Saturday morning and are battling the flames from the ground and in the air. Fire District 3 and other resources were on the scene Saturday afternoon.

As a reminder, level 1 evacuations mean be aware of a fire burning in the area, level 2 evacuations mean be ready to leave at a moment's notice, and level 3 evacuations mean leave immediately.

Crews are still working to determine an accurate size of the fire as of Saturday afternoon.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Highway 195 was closed to Southbound traffic Saturday afternoon while crews worked to bring the fire under control.  Crews were able to open one southbound lane to traffic around 1 p.m. Saturday.

Additional details were not immediately available. As we learn more we will update this story.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Coeur d'Alene Police investigating school shooting threat made on Snapchat

    Coeur d'Alene Police investigating school shooting threat made on Snapchat

    Friday, October 19 2018 1:04 AM EDT2018-10-19 05:04:39 GMT

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Coeur d'Alene Police are investigating a reported school shooting threat at Coeur d'Alene High School. A spokesperson for the district said that the threat was written on a napkin and shared  on Snapchat. It says: "CHS school shooting 10-19-18. Be ready." Police tell us that while they are still investigating whether the threat is credible, they do not believe the CHS that the note mentions is referring to Coeur d'Alene High School.

    >>

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Coeur d'Alene Police are investigating a reported school shooting threat at Coeur d'Alene High School. A spokesperson for the district said that the threat was written on a napkin and shared  on Snapchat. It says: "CHS school shooting 10-19-18. Be ready." Police tell us that while they are still investigating whether the threat is credible, they do not believe the CHS that the note mentions is referring to Coeur d'Alene High School.

    >>
  • Explosive device that caused CdA evacuations rendered safe

    Explosive device that caused CdA evacuations rendered safe

    Friday, October 19 2018 6:51 PM EDT2018-10-19 22:51:23 GMT

    Ramsey Elementary and Coeur d' Alene Police station have been evacuated after an explosive device was brought to the station for disposal. Police have called in a bomb squad to dispose of the device and evacuated the buildings as a precaution. Coeur d' Alene School District released the following statement regarding the situation: 

    >>

    Ramsey Elementary and Coeur d' Alene Police station have been evacuated after an explosive device was brought to the station for disposal. Police have called in a bomb squad to dispose of the device and evacuated the buildings as a precaution. Coeur d' Alene School District released the following statement regarding the situation: 

    >>
  • K9 Laslo passes away

    K9 Laslo passes away

    Friday, October 19 2018 10:50 PM EDT2018-10-20 02:50:33 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - After struggling with medical issues recently, retired Spokane County Sheriff's Office K9 Laslo passed away early Friday morning.  "It is with the most heavy heart that I tell you K9 Laslo passed away this morning at 0115hrs," a post on Laslo's Facebook page said Friday morning. "There will be a piece of my heart always missing. To the best partner I ever had, R.I.P." 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - After struggling with medical issues recently, retired Spokane County Sheriff's Office K9 Laslo passed away early Friday morning.  "It is with the most heavy heart that I tell you K9 Laslo passed away this morning at 0115hrs," a post on Laslo's Facebook page said Friday morning. "There will be a piece of my heart always missing. To the best partner I ever had, R.I.P." 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Man who fell to his death outside downtown Spokane library identified

    Man who fell to his death outside downtown Spokane library identified

    Saturday, October 20 2018 2:03 AM EDT2018-10-20 06:03:24 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Medical Examiner's Office has identified the man who died after a fall outside the downtown branch of the Spokane Public Library Wednesday.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Medical Examiner's Office has identified the man who died after a fall outside the downtown branch of the Spokane Public Library Wednesday.

    >>
  • In full campaign mode, Trump calls Dems 'too extreme'

    In full campaign mode, Trump calls Dems 'too extreme'

    Saturday, October 20 2018 1:39 AM EDT2018-10-20 05:39:57 GMT

    MESA, Ariz. (AP) - President Donald Trump says Democrats are "too extreme and too dangerous" to take control of Congress.    On a three-day swing out West to make his closing arguments for Republican candidates before the midterm elections, Trump sought to hone in on immigration as one of the defining election issues.

    >>

    MESA, Ariz. (AP) - President Donald Trump says Democrats are "too extreme and too dangerous" to take control of Congress.    On a three-day swing out West to make his closing arguments for Republican candidates before the midterm elections, Trump sought to hone in on immigration as one of the defining election issues.

    >>
  • Judge tosses NRA lawsuit over Seattle's gun-storage law

    Judge tosses NRA lawsuit over Seattle's gun-storage law

    Saturday, October 20 2018 1:29 AM EDT2018-10-20 05:29:05 GMT

    SEATTLE (AP) - A judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by the National Rifle Association against Seattle's new gun-storage law.    The Seattle Times reports King County Superior Court Judge Barbara Linde ruled Friday, tossing the lawsuit on technical grounds after the city contended the plaintiffs lacked standing and noted the law had yet to take effect.

    >>

    SEATTLE (AP) - A judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by the National Rifle Association against Seattle's new gun-storage law.    The Seattle Times reports King County Superior Court Judge Barbara Linde ruled Friday, tossing the lawsuit on technical grounds after the city contended the plaintiffs lacked standing and noted the law had yet to take effect.

    >>