Wildfire near Dover Rd. grows to 25 acres, six buildings threatened

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by HONORA SWASON & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 29, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 31 at 12:19 PM

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. -- A wildfire burning near Dover and Bluebird Road grew between 25 and 30 acres on Monday evening. Department of Natural Resources workers said the flames threatened six nearby buildings.

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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