Valley View wildfire evidence can still be seen

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - It's been four years since the Valley View wildfire destroyed 13 homes and 1,000 acres of land. Several homeowners rebuilt their houses, while others did not, and the evidence of the destruction can still be seen today.

"Wildfires are a part of the natural setting in the Pacific Northwest and here too, (the fire) was a doozy," Michael Hamilton, of the Dishman Hills Conservancy said.

Hamilton has spent most of his time since the wildfire, working to minimize its effects.

Valley View wildfire evidence can still be seen

While he thinks nature running it's course is the best course of action, he and others of the Conservancy have planted more than 2,000 trees.

"To accelerate the healing of the native forests here which is ponderosa pine," he said.

The ground torched by fire is Hamilton's work space as President of the Conservancy. On hot, dry days he thinks the Valley View fire could happen again. He added the wet springs we've experienced recently have kept that from happening.

"Four years later, as you can see, things are getting back to stability," Hamilton added looking down the hill.

Although some homeowners have rebuilt homes in the last four years the land will take longer to heal.

"Come back here in 50-60 years it will look much better," he said.