Wildfire near Dover Rd. grew to 70 acres

Wildfire near Dover Rd. grew to 70 acres

Credit: Matt Ugaldea, DNR

Wildfire near Dover Rd. grew to 70 acres

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 30, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 30 at 5:19 PM

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. -- A wildfire burning near Dover and Bluebird Road grew to 70 acres on Tuesday evening. Department of Natural Resources workers said the flames threatened six nearby buildings Monday evening.

DNR is still on the scene monitoring the fire. 

Firefighters initially estimated that the fire stretched between 15 and 20 acres around 4:30 p.m.

Crews called an air tanker to help battle the fire. Fifteen fire engines, at least four helicopters and tankers, and a dozers were all on scene by 6:30 p.m. Firefighters said the flames burned mainly sage, grass, and pine trees.

Crews said the fire has been a challenge to combat.

"A lot of steep, rocky, broken ground which has proven to be difficult for some of the dozers. We've tried to run around it," said Matt Ugaldea from the Department of Natural Resources. Another problem was changing weather and especially the wind which kept changing directions.

Some neighbors said they evacuated voluntarily but others said that they felt safe with the defensible space around their house.

The DNR said that crews expected to work through the night. The cause is still under investigation.

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