FIREFIGHTERS ARE STILL WORKING TO CONTAIN THAT WILDFIRE
NEAR LAKE SPOKANE.
IT'S SPREAD TO MORE THAN A THOUSAND ACRES AND IS NOW
30 PERCENT CONTAINED.
BUT THE HEAT IS NOT DOING CREWS ANY FAVORS
KXLY4'S ALYSSA DONOVAN IS WORKING FOR YOU TO FIND
OUT HOW IT'S AFFECTING THE FIRE FIGHT.
JOSH BOYD, ENGINE BOSS
It's really hot we're just trying to stay hydrated
and that's mainly our focus.
JOSH BOYD AND HIS CREW ARE DOING WHAT'S CALLED MOPPING
ONE PERSON DIGS UP UNDER THE ASH--- AND THE OTHER
SPRAYS IT DOWN WITH WATER.--- THIS HELPS GET RID OF
ANY HIDDEN HOT SPOTS.
AND WITH TODAY'S HOT AND DRY CONDITIONS--- THIS IS
JUST AS IMPORTANT AS REPRESSING THE FIRE.
Could be right on the line their could be a little
duffer and the wind picks up and that crosses the
line and then you are looking at a whole different
BEING CLOSE TO THE HOT ASH---- AND OUT IN THE NEAR
TRIPLE DIGIT TEMPERATURES--- BOYD AND HIS CREW ARE
WORKING IN VERY DANGEROUS CONDITIONS.
DAVE LEITCH, INCIDENT COMMANDER, WASHINGTON TEAM 5
They're out there 12, 14 hour days starting at 6 in
the morning, get them briefed and they're out there
til like 7, 8 at night.
Then we're camping out so they don't get they cooling
off period it's not like they are walking into an
air conditioned area at night.
3 FIREFIGHTERS HAVE BEEN TREATED FOR HEAT EXHAUSTION
SINCE THE FIRE STARTED ON WEDNESDAY.
TEAMS ARE WORKING TOGETHER TO MAKE SURE NO ONE ELSE
GETS TO THAT POINT.
They are taking more breaks, usually we break them
every couple hours for 20 minutes but now they are
doing 15 minutes every hour to make sure they stay
THERE HAVE NOT BEEN ANY SIGNIFICANT INJURIES AND THE
FIRE HAS NOT CLAIMED ANY STRUCTURES.
BASE CAMP IS SET UP AT LAKE SPOKANE CAMP GROUNDS---
THE CAMP AND THE BOAT LAUNCH WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE
THE FIRE IS EXPECTED TO START RAMPING DOWN BY TUESDAY.
REPORTING IN STEVENS COUNTY I'M ALYSSA DONOVAN KXLY4