SPOKANE-- Crews in Colorado Springs say the weather is helping them get a big jump on the wildfire that has destroyed hundreds of homes and forced thousands to evacuate.
The U.S. Forest Service has activated its rarely used area command team to manage the fires. The commander of that team is from Spokane County.
There are only three command teams across the U.S and one of them is led by Bob Anderson. Anderson serves as Fire Chief for Spokane County Fire District 9.
Anderson is leaving Spokane for the front range earlier this week to serve as the area commander for the Colorado fires.
Anderson is currently leading resource allocation efforts for incident management teams on the ground.
Colleagues say he's the right man for the job. Anderson has not only served the Inland Northwest, but our nation through the years.
Anderson says it'll be about two or three weeks until he can return home to Spokane.