Flames blacken Argonne Road hillside

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by OTHELLO RICHARDS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on June 10, 2013 at 2:32 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 10 at 5:45 PM

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash.--A wildfire north of Spokane Valley charred .25 acres Monday afternoon.

Fire crews were called to the scene along Argonne Road around 1:00 p.m. Flames blackened a hillside. Firefighters managed to contain the flames by 2:10 p.m.

“It was moving a little quicker than typically what we see in June, in early year,” said Lt. Nathan Jeffries with Spokane County Fire District 9.

He said by the looks of the fire it could be a busier than normal wildfire season.

“We are still seeing green grass, but there is some dead grass you look real close underneath, and that is actually what was carrying the fire, dead grass underneath this year's growth,” said Jefferies.

Flames also burned from the base of this tree all the way to the top.  Jefferies sad that is a sign the pine is drying out earlier this year.
 
“The last three four days, we've had a nice breeze,” said Jefferies. “Anytime we have wind like that that's over a longer period of time, it's gonna dry out these grasses. They are the first things that will dry out, so we can start to get a little bit of fire that will move through that.”

Jeffries said what the weather does in the next few weeks will really impact the fire season in July and August.

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