Investigators release origin of Valley View fire
SPOKANE, Wash. - Fire officials say the recreational fire that possibly caused the Valley View fire in Spokane Valley was located at XXXX south Eastern road. Authorities say the home is owned by Tracy Berg.
Official Media Release from Spokane Valley Department
An unapproved un-extinguished recreational fire is the cause of the Valley View fire started last Thursday, July 10th that destroyed eleven homes, five shops and five sheds. Homeowner Tracy Berg supervised a recreational fire Monday evening in an adjacent lot to their property located at XXXX S Eastern road within the jurisdiction of Spokane County Fire District 8 and did not properly extinguish the fire when they were finished.
On the day of the Valley View fire, a Red Flag warning was issued for Spokane County from noon until 10:00pm for high wind and low humidity. Gusty winds reignited the recreational fire which spread to the forested area. Spokane Valley Fire Department responded in the area of Moreland and Eastern roads for a brush fire at 3:17pm. When crews arrived on scene the fire was already moving east and additional resources were requested to respond. Wind gusts continued to quickly spread the fire up and over the ridge evacuating homeowners in its path.
The cost of firefighting and property damage is ongoing and has yet to be determined.
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