SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash.--A wildfire, believed to be sparked by lighting on Monday, charred more than a dozen acres of land in the Spokane Valley near the Saltese Uplands Conservation Area.
Authorities said the fire was reported at around 11:30 a.m. There were six engines on scene. A helicopter was also helping with the firefighting efforts. Officials said the fire spread to 17-acres after the wind picked up on Tuesday afternoon. Firefighters reached full containment on Wednesday.
There were no evacuation orders in place Tuesday night, but one resident of Spokane Valley said the fire was too close for comfort. Rik Stewart of Spokane Valley helped firefighters set-up camp near his home.
Authorities said about 40 firefighters would be on scene Wednesday mopping up the last bit of heat. The Department of Natural Resources said it was unlikely that the fire would spread outside of the dozer lines that crews dug on Tuesday.
“We’ll I’ve got to help them out, we've got 200 acres here,” Stewart said. “We want to make sure that it doesn't end up all charred
Stewart and his family lent their ATVs to help the firefighters get to where they needed to be. Stewart worried that the winds might pick-up or that the fire would start moving in his direction. In the meantime, he watched the firefighters work.
“My daughter in-law and I sat here and watched it like we had front row seats,” he said. “It was like being at a movie theater.”
Spokane County Parks, Recreation and Golf closed the Liberty Lake trail to hikers until further notice.