The Spokane Valley Fire Department responded at 3 p.m. Sunday for a smoke investigation in the Mirabeau Point Park area of Spokane Valley. Responding firefighters on Rescue 8 and Ladder 8 upgraded the response to a brush fire, bringing in additional fire engines from SVFD, Fire District 8 and the Department of Natural Resources including two Fire Boss airplanes, said Scott Niebuhr, SVFD spokesman.
Firefighters were able to access the initially 1-acre fire on foot and with smaller pickup truck sized fire engines to begin attacking the fire. As both wind and terrain began pushing the fire north, the planes from DNR began making water drops from above and refilling from Newman Lake.
An effort of multiple airplane water drops and firefighters on the ground were able to get the main 5-acre fire and one small spot fire completely contained in approximately two hours, with firefighters remaining on scene several hours afterwards to extinguish hotspots.
The fire cause is under investigation. No evacuations were issued, no known structures were damaged, and no firefighters were injured at the time of press release.
Assistance on the fire was provided by Spokane County Fire District 8 and the Department of Natural Resources. Due to a simultaneous house fire approximately 1-mile away, additional assistance backfilling Spokane Valley fire stations and responding to emergencies was provided by Spokane County Fire District 8, Spokane County Fire District 9 and the Spokane Fire Department.
A total of 14 fire engines and command vehicles responded to the fire.
The Spokane Valley Fire Department would like to remind residents as we enter wildfire season to sign up for CodeRED Emergency Alerts. More information can be found at spokanecounty.org/3007/Alert-Spokane.