30 acre brush fire near High Drive human caused


by KREM.com


Posted on July 28, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 30 at 11:10 AM

SPOKANE, Wash.— Authorities said Tuesday  the 30 acre brush fire that broke out Monday evening near High Drive was human caused and they are still investigating.

Officials said the fire was under control but crews were still on the seen monitoring it.

Crews were called to the scene near High Drive and Skyview around 4:00 p.m. Monday.

The brush fire has forced homes to evacuate including the Hangman Hills area.Tuesday morning those evacuations were lifted. Firefighters on scene said the flames were within 100 feet of at least one building.

Firefighters estimated the fire was about 30 acres around 5:00 p.m. By 6:00 p.m., firefighers said the flames had been pushed back to seven acres.

Tuesday morning, officials said crews monitored the fire overnight and there is no longer a threat to homes.

Spokane Police Department officers closed nearby roads. Officers closed High Drive to traffic from Grand to Manito Boulevard.

Firefighters called in air support to help battle the flames. At least three planes came to help control the fire.

No word yet on what casued the fire.