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VALLEY FIREFIGHTERS RESPOND TO 3 SEPARATE BRUSH FIRES


07/27/20
               

For Immediate Release:

July 24, 2020

Contact:

Julie Happy

Community Affairs Manager

Spokane Valley Fire

509-892.4155

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Valley Firefighters Respond to 3 Separate Brush Fires

Multiple Fire Districts Respond

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Spokane Valley, Wash. – Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) responded to three separate brush fires this evening. Valley Brush 10 was assisting Spokane County Fire District 8 with a 2-alarm brush fire near Highway 27 and Jackson Road.  Additional crews were responding to a call to investigate smoke in the area of Appleway and Vista Road with Valley Engine 1 where a column of smoke had been seen.  Crews along with Mutual-Aid agencies from SCFD 9 were also at a third brush fire with Valley 22, Brush 94, Valley Engine 9, Engine 92, Valley Engine 7, and Valley 22 at Dishman and 8th Avenue.

Valley Brush 1 was added to help with the Appleway and Vista Road brush fire along with Valley 21.  Crews arrived to find a second smoke column about 100 yards south of Appleway and Vista. V21 assumed Appleway Command and requested an upgrade to the fire response.  Response team included Auto-Aid from the City with Spokane Brush Truck 7 (SB7), and additional SVFD crews with Valley Engine 2 (VE2), Valley 31 (V31), Valley 43 (V43), Arcadia 20, two Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Brush Trucks, and a ten person hand crew from Geiger.

Then a third column started on the Appleway fire. All three of the fires above Appleway Avenue were about 100 feet apart running west to east.  A total of a 1/2 acre was burned.

With an aggressive attack the Appleway fire was extinguished within an hour. The fire on Dishman and 8th was extinguished in less than an hour.

The Department of Natural Resources remained on scene to clean up and make sure there were no lingering hot spots.

Today was dry and windy with a Red Flag Warning in effect. We encourage everyone as we head into a hotter dryer season to please be careful and remember that there is currently a complete burn restriction in place.  Let’s keep our community as smoke and fire risk free as possible in these extremely flammable conditions.

 

About SVFD
Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) serves a population of 125,000, including the cities of Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake and Millwood, as well as surrounding unincorporated areas within the 75-square miles of Spokane County Fire District 1. In 2019, SVFD firefighter crews, including its paramedics and EMTs, responded to more than 18,326 emergency calls.

Established eighty years ago in 1940, SVFD is committed to pursuing excellence and is distinguished as an Accredited Agency by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International and by the fire district’s ISO Class 2 rating from the Washington Survey and Rating Bureau.

Connect with SVFD at: spokanevalleyfire.com. For department news, safety information, and timely updates, find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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