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Wildfire near Whitworth contained; other fires still burning

Department of Natural Resources raised the fire danger for the Inland Northwest to "high" on Monday . Department of Natural Resources raised the fire danger for the Inland Northwest to "high" on Monday .
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SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash.- Firefighters are mopping up a wildfire that burned a small area northeast of Whitworth University overnight and into Tuesday morning.

The fire started around midnight and burned an area of Spokane County called Rattlesnake Hill.  Crews contained it to an area of about 100 feet by 100 feet.  The biggest challenge in fighting the fire was simply getting to it over the rough terrain.

Meanwhile, crews were working Tuesday morning to stop another lightning-sparked wildfire in Okanogan and Stevens Counties. Stevens County dispatchers said the fire burned through about five acres.  The did not have an estimate as to when that fire would be under control.

The Department of National Resources raised the fire danger level to "high" on Monday.  Burning debris is prohibited and campfires must be burned in campfire rings. The new fire level is in effect for Spokane, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, and Stevens Counties.

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