Fire Season Not Quite Over In Inland Northwest

SPOKANE — With recent rains and the cooler temperatures, it seems the fire season in the Inland Northwest is pretty much over.

But that’s not the case. Fire officials say we could still see a dangerous fire here.

The fire danger level is low, but don’t let that fool you. Spokane assistant fire chief Brian Schaeffer says until mid-November, there is the potential of a wildfire to crop up. On Wednesday night, a small grass fire on Willow Springs Road in south Spokane County was put out quickly, but showed that the danger was still there.

Firestorm ’91 started right about this time of year. It was the largest natural disaster in Eastern Washington history. Schaeffer says with an above average number of fires this summer, the key was to make an aggressive attack using a lot of air resources.

“The important thing is it could happen here,” he says. “Our fuels here are a lot heavier, and I believe a lot more dangerous than fuel they have there, to put things in perspective.”

Schaeffer says local fire agencies in Spokane County have been asked to help out with the fires in Southern California. He says they’re ready go now, but with all the paperwork and time it takes to get through the bureaucracy, they may actually not be needed