First responders work long hours on Lake Spokane wildfire

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by BRIANA BERMENSOLO & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 11, 2014 at 1:30 PM

STEVENS COUNTY, Wash.--First responders worked late into the night on the Lake Spokane wildfire on Wednesday to keep the upper-hand for crews on Thursday.

The State pulled crews from different stations around the Inland Northwest to help fight the fire. 

The firefighters from a station in Suncrest were some of the first on scene. It was all hands on deck as the fire quickly spread to 900-acres.

Nearly 100 firefighters worked on the fire on Thursday from the ground and the air.

“I just got done with a 16 and a half hour shift,” said one firefighter.

The Lake Spokane fire began on Wednesday near Long Lake. Officials believed someone was burning trash and it quickly spread in a matter of hours.

Fire District One teams in Stevens County were being credited for quick work that got the fire under control and saved dozens of homes.

“Yesterday was a day of frenzy. You're trying to get the situation surrounded, get enough resources,” said Fire District One Chief Mike Bucy. “Today everything looks good but you hold your breath.”

Neighboring fire districts in Stevens and Spokane County handled any 911 calls that came in while Fire District One battled the blaze.
 

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