NEWMAN LAKE, Wash.-- Firefighters from multiple local departments battled a brush fire in Newman Lake Saturday.
It broke out around 11:45 a.m. on private property near Harvard and Trent.
A person noticed the flames and reported them to Spokane Valley firefighters. They quickly responded along with the Department of Natural Resources and other agencies.
There are no paved roads in the area, and crews had a difficult time reaching the fire.
They had to use trails and gravel roads to access the flames. The fire singed two acres before crews could contain it.
Neighbors reported seeing some suspicious activity before the fire. They told police they saw a strange car headed down one of the trails around the time it started. The official cause remains under investigation.
Firefighters also battled extreme heat. Saturday’s highs were in the upper 90’s. Medics examined one firefighter for possible heat exhaustion.
"Once they get out there and start working, it didn't take them long at all to dehydrate.... that's our safety message, especially on a fire like this," said Chief Mike Thompson, Spokane Valley Fire Department.
No one else was injured.
The fire was not near any homes and no other structures were threatened.
Crews were expected remain on scene throughout the afternoon to tackle hotspots.