Crews gain control of Sunset Fire, all evacuations lifted

SPOKANE, Wash. — All evacuations have been lifted for people living near the Sunset Fire.

Spokane Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer said the fire, which burned about 14 acres (or 8.5 city blocks) near Sunset Highway, is now fully under control.

Level 3 and 2 evacuations were temporarily in place throughout Friday afternoon. Twenty five homes — including single family, mobile homes and an apartment complex — were evacuated at that time.

Crews say the fire was caused when a compost pile overheated. According to Spokane Fire, a compost pile spontaneously combusting is rare, but weather conditions made it possible.

State mobilization was approved and roughly 100 firefighters battled the flames. Crews will remain on scene throughout the night to reinforce the firelines.

Schaeffer said this fire should serve as a reminder to everyone in the northwest. The homes that had to evacuate did not have much of a warning because 25 mph winds pushed the spread of the fire so quickly. Schaefer said this is really just the start of fire season.