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DNR: Valley View Fire could have been worse

Fighting the Valley View Fire from above Fighting the Valley View Fire from above
Remnants of recreational fire said to be the cause of Valley View fire Remnants of recreational fire said to be the cause of Valley View fire

SPOKANE, Wash. - At a press conference Tuesday, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Spokane Valley Fire District and Spokane County Fire District 8 released an investigative report on the Valley View Fire.

State Public Lands Commissioner Doug Sutherland stated during the press conference that the Valley View Fire could have been a lot worse and praised the responsiveness of area crews, calling it 'phenomenal.'

Sutherland also stated that the Valley View Fire was a prime example of why people who live in wooded areas especially, need to allow for defensive space around their homes, adding those homes that had defensive space around them, did not burn in the fire.

Sutherland also noted a state investigation into the Valley View fire which originated from an illegal recreational fire, produced findings that are being turned over to the state Attorney General's office and to the Spokane County prosecutor's office.

Those agencies will decide if any charges are brought against the people who started the recreational fire.

Sutherland said the fire cost at least $3 million to fight and damaged up to $50 million in property.

KHQ will have a full report from the press conference on KHQ Local News at 5 and 6. Remember to look for updates on KHQ.com throughout the day.


Previous Coverage

Tracy Berg not responsible for the Valley View Fire
SPOKANE, Wash. - According to the Spokane Valley Fire Department a juvenile is responsible for the Valley View Fire that started last Thursday, July 10. Investigators have concluded that homeowner Tracy Berg was not responsible for the Valley View fire.

Full containment of Valley View fire expected Thursday
SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - The latest information from the Spokane Valley Fire Department shows that the Valley View fire did not grow in size from Tuesday night to Wednesday morning. Two infrared heat sensitive devices, called "Thermovision," are being used to detect hot spots so they can be extinguished.

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Gregoire declares statewide emergency in fight against wildfires
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Investigators release origin of Valley View fire

 

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