The Yale Road Fire is now 75 percent contained, and while many are relieved their homes are still standing they may not totally be out of the clear as the concern now shifts to flooding.
A team from the National Weather Service and Spokane Conservation District drove all around the Yale Road Fire Friday to see if there are any immediate threats to homeowners in the area, which is something that's typically done after any major fire.
The team checks the soil and the condition of the trees to see what kind of danger they would pose if a heavy rain were to hit the area. From what they can see so far, the concern for the Yale Road Fire is that if heavy rain was to wash away the trees and charred ground into surrounding creeks, the creeks could overflow, threatening homes and potentially blocking roads for emergency vehicles to pass through.
“In this area concern is the people that live at the base of the steep slopes more so than the creeks all though the creek itself will be impacted by a lot of the sediment,” Catherine Rowden, service hydrologist for the National Weather Service, said.
If you live in the area, keep an eye on the weather forecast and if there is heavy rain, be aware of your surroundings.