MORE WILDFIRES ARE BURNING ACROSS THE INLAND NORTHWEST...
A NEW ONE IGNITED OUTSIDE OF SPRINGDALE TODAY BURNING
KXLY-4'S ALEX LEFRIEC WAS IN SPRINGDALE.
ABOUT AN HOUR NORTHWEST OF SPOKANE.
AND EXPLAINS WHY SO MANY WILDFIRES KEEP FLARING UP.
- We are in the middle of one of the hottest Summers
on record and to go with that a record wildfire season.
Stevens County Fire Chief Mike Busey tell me part
of the problem is that people still think it's ok
to burn because vegetation like this looks green but
once you feel it, it's dry and brittle.
It's just like tinder to a campfire.
ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER WILDFIRE.
THIS TIME 5 ACRES WERE CONSUMED OUTSIDE SPRINGDALE.
THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES WAS AIDED BY STEVENS
COUNTY FIRE AND 4 AIRCRAFT AND QUICKLY HAD THE BLAZE
A LARGE KENNEL AND A HORSE TRAILER WERE THE ONLY CASUALTIES
AND NO ANIMALS WERE INJURED BUT CHEIF MIKE BUSY HAS
SOME STRONG WORDS FOR ANYONE TAKING THESE HOT, DRY
CONDITIONS FOR GRANTED.
There's not only a Stevens County burn ban in effect,
a total burn ban,but
through Governor Inslee's proclamation,
there remains a burn ban for the eastern part of Washington
state as well.
THE CAUSE IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION BUT BUCY SAYS
WITH THIS WEATHER, IT DOESN'T TAKE MUCH.
It takes one little ember that either your not paying
attention or it gets in this very dry underbrush and
it will take off very quickly and not matter what
preparations you think you have, it's probably not
- Any wildfire is a scary situation but thanks to
the quick work of the Stephens County Fire Department,
the Department of natural rescources and those very
cool fire bosses, any real damage was avoided.
Reporting outside Springdale, Alex Lefriec, KXLY-4