In north Spokane County the Wellesley Fire has burned 250 acres and two homes, but crews working throughout the night have been able to establish a line around the fire.
Additionally, all evacuations have been canceled, allowing for residents to return to their homes, and crews are hopeful that the fire won't pose further threat.
“Today it's been hold those lines and reinforce and we've got crews in amongst the structures to make sure that any hotspots are taken care of. And there's been no growth today,” Wellesley Fire Public Information Officer Alan Hoffmeister said.
The Wellesley Fire is one of two that makes up the Spokane Complex, which includes the Yale Road Fire south of Spokane. During a meeting Monday morning fire crews established their headquarters at the Spokane County Fairgrounds, which will serve as a command post for the Spokane Complex.
“By the end of the day, there'll be a kitchen, shower units, a tent city over here, this will be the incident command post for both fires,” Hoffmeister said.
Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Services has also set up at the fairgrounds, opening an emergency shelter for animals evacuated due to the fires.
We want people and animals to be safe, so if folks have to evacuate, they're welcome to bring their animals to the fairground,” SCRAPS regional director Nancy Hill said. We are prepared to house both large and small animals. Initially we had 11 horses, four goats and a llama.”
FEMA approved the use of federal funds to help finance firefighting costs for both the Wellesley and Yale fires early Monday afternoon.