KXLY4 FIREWATCH COVERAGE NOW.
24 HOURS AGO,
FIRE CREWS WERE BATTLING FLAMES, CREEPING TOWARD HOMES
ON SPOKANE'S SOUTH HILL.
AS HOMEOWNERS WATCHED AND PRAYED.
MALIAH SCHRAM @
WE'D ALWAYS KNOWN THAT SOMETHING LIKE THIS COULD HAPPEN
BUT I WAS JUST DOWN AT THAT SITE YESTERDAY CLEANING
UP SOME CAMPFIRE BITS AND TRYING TO DESTROY WHAT PEOPLE
WERE BUILDING UP TO MAKE MORE CAMPFIRES, BUT OBVIOUSLY
IT DIDN'T WORK.
TONIGHT, WE KNOW THAT FIRE WAS NOT AN ACT OF NATURE.
KXLY4'S AARON LUNA WAS THE FIRST REPORTER ON THE SCENE
AND, HAS BEEN BACK ON THE FIRELINES TODAY.
AARON, THIS FIRE WAS HUMAN CAUSED.
RIGHT NOW FIRE OFFICIALS SAY THERE'S NO INDICATION
THAT THIS FIRE WAS CAUSED ANY OTHER WAY.
THERE WAS NO LIGHTNING YESTERDAY AND NO DOWNED POWER
LINES IN THE AREA.
THE LACK OF A NATURAL CAUSE POINTS THE FINGER AT A
WHAT LOOKED TO BE A SMALL BRUSHFIRE QUICKLY BURNED
UP HILL TOWARD HOMES IN THE 100 BLOCK OF HIGH DRIVE
SENDING NEIGHBORS TO THEIR ROOFS WITH HOSES AND FIRECREWS
CALLING IN THE FIRE BOSS.
NATS- FIRE PLANE
STUCTURE PROTECTION WAS THE MAIN CONCERN.
FIREFIGHTERS GETTING CONTROL IN ABOUT THREE HOURS.
OFFICIALS SAY IT WAS A
QUICK RESPONSE WITH GREAT COORDINATION
THAT KEPT THIS FIRE IN CHECK.
Yah, definitely a good day,
Fire crews hope to have this whole area mopped up
by the end of the day.
It covers about 7 acres, they're main concerns are
snags, trees falling over so they're asking people
to stay out of the area at least until tomorrow morning.
It's not to say there won't be occasional smokes that
pop up but we hope to have the majority of them taken
care of today,
POPULAR HIKING AND BIKING TRAILS CROSS THROUGH THE
FIRE OFFICIALS SAY THIS FIRE LOOKS TO BE HUMAN CAUSED.
THEY EVEN RESPONDED TO A
STUMP FIRE THIS MORNING SUSPICIOUSLY
OUTSIDE YESTERDAYS FIRELINE.
This one we really don't have any witnesses and there's
really no obvious signs on the ground of what may
POLICE SAY THEY REMOVED SEVERAL TRANSIENTS WHO WERE
CAMPED IN THE AREA THREE DAYS AGO, ISSUING THEM A
TRESSPASS WARNING, BUT NO WORD IF THEY TRIED TO COME
FRIENDS OF THE BLUFF, A NEIGHBORHOOD GROUP SAYS IT
REGULARLY CLEANS THE AREA AND WORKS ON TRAIL SAFETY.
We've done a lot of work on trying to reduce the risk
of intense fire in the forrest,
BUT THIS FIRE STARTED ON 30 ACRES OF PRIVATE PROPERTY
JUST BELOW THE THREATENED HOMES NEAR THE TRANSIENT
The irony of this fire is that it was not in areas
that we had treated,
D-N-R HAD A MAN WORKING IN THE BURNED OUT AREA THIS
MORNING FELLING TREES TO KEEP MOP UP CREWS SAFE.
KEEP IN MIND ITS STILL VERY EARLY IN THE FIRE SEASON.
REPORTING LIVE ON THE SOUTH HILL AARON LUNA KXLY 4