Brush fires are nothing new during the hot, dry days of mid-August. However, it is unusual for someone to be hurt.
Shortly after 4 p.m. on Monday, a fire was reported on the north side of Indiana between Evergreen and Sullivan, said Jeff Bordwell, administrative captain for the Spokane Valley Fire Department. Units from the department along with the Department of Natural Resources were dispatched to the scene.
The first-responders reported that the fire was moving upriver with a wind pushing from the west. The fire was upgraded to a “high level,” Bordwell said, as it was moving toward heavy brush and timber.
While the fire continued to burn dry grass and trees along the Centennial Trail, it didn’t take firefighters long to get the blaze under control. It was contained in about 45 minutes.
A witness, however, was injured by the fire and was transported to Valley Hospital.
DNR is investigating the cause of the fire.
The Spokane Valley Fire Department would like to remind everyone that you should have an evacuation plan in place in the event of a wild fire, Bordwell said.