SPOKANE, Wash. - Thirty acres burned Monday afternoon off High Drive and Sky View above Qualchan Golf Course.
Mark Anderson lives just above the bluff that was covered in smoke and flame.
"I came home and I was talking with my wife and she turned around and looks out the window and says, smoke," said Anderson.
He immediately turned on the sprinklers while friends and neighbors joined firefighters with hoses, spraying everything from the yard to the roof.
"These guys were here on spot. You could hear the sirens as soon as we got through and hear sirens down the highway," said Anderson.
Crews had help from the air as well. The Deer Park "Fire Boss" airplane was dispatched to spray retardant on critical areas, including the line between the blaze and the homes above. The plane drops 800 gallons on each pass with remarkable accuracy.
"The air support has been working incredibly well for us," says Spokane Fire Chief Bobby Williams.
By 7 p.m. Monday evening, crews had the fire under control and no homes we're damaged.
Power to a major power line to the South Hill was cut in case it fell down and hurt people, but power was restored by 8:45 p.m.
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