Fire crews, support by local farmers, continued to press the attack overnight on the Yale Road Fire which has burned 3,500 acres, 10 homes and numerous outbuildings.
No injuries have been reported.
Approximately 200 firefighters, supported by engines, dozers and tanker aircraft, are fighting the fire Monday morning, with additional teams converging on the scene 15 miles south of Spokane to assist in stopping the fire's advance.
The fire started Sunday afternoon and quickly blew up due to severe weather conditions. The fire is currently burning in timber, brush and grass in steep terrain. There is no containment level on the fire as of Monday morning.
Residents in the area of Elder Road and Valley Chapel Road remain under a Level 3 Evacuation, and all other residents who live in the area are being told to remain vigilant and pay attention to public safety warnings.
Elder and Valley Chapel roads remain closed and people are advised to stay clear of the area. Barricades have been put up to keep roads in the area clear except for fire trucks. In some areas, where crews are faced with steep, creek-side terrain, some of the firefighting is being done from above.
“We've got two Fire Bosses in the air, we have a helicopter that's dropping water as you can see and we've got a fire retardant plane that's in the air, so right now we're just trying to keep everyone safe,” Lana Emery with the Sheriff's Incident Response Team said.
Right now it appears a diseased pine tree blew over in Sunday's windstorm, taking a power line down with it. Gunnar Kresse's dad, who's also a Spokane Valley Firefighter, knew they were in trouble.
“He actually heard the power lines disconnect, which actually started the fire. He heard the pops, thankfully we had the windows open and he yelled fire,” Kresse said.
Kresse said thanks to the bravery of volunteer firefighters his family's home was saved.
“Just kind of watching them show up and disappear into the smoke to do what they do was very heroic and inspiring,” Kresse said.
However the Kresse's neighbors were not so lucky and were not even around to defend their home.
“Our neighbors, Art and Julie, they were actually out of town backpacking, so they didn't have any idea about the fire until late yesterday evening,” Kresse said.
Spokane County Fire Districts 3 and 8, Washington State Department of Natural Resources, the Washington State Patrol Fire Marshal's Office and the Spokane County Sheriff's Office are working on the Yale Fire.
As of Monday evening the fire is at zero containment.