The Spokane Complex could be completely contained by early next week, but the efforts to stop the fire have come with a hefty pricetag.
Spokane Complex Incident Commander Nathan Rabe says some crews are slowly starting to pack up and one of the helicopters that was assigned to the fire has been reassigned elsewhere. During the six hard days of firefighting on both the Yale and Wellesley fires, these choppers, tankers, engines and hand crews were pushed to their limits, racking up a bill of more than $1.9 Million to stop those fires.
Those costs will be shared among responding agencies and the Spokane Complex has been approved for federal assistance grants through FEMA.
If you live in a burned out area, one way you can avoid further costs is being careful when returning to your property. Fire managers are working with local resources to make sure what were evacuations zones are safe for travel.
“This is a long term problem,” Rabe said. “We met with the county road department yesterday, I believe on Valley Chapel Road, which goes through the fire area, and looking at and assessing the snags and the rolling rock issues that are through there, and we are trying to work with them in being prepared to be able to handle those types of challenges."
The price tag and size of the Yale Fire could grow if conditions this weekend are anything like what we saw last Sunday.