More crews coming in Saturday to battle Palisades Fire in west Spokane

Nighttime picture shows wildfire burning in Spokane's Palisades Park
Flames light up the night in Spokane's Palisades Park.
Courtesy: Nick Brommer Photography

SPOKANE, Wash – More brush trucks are coming in Saturday to battle the difficult terrain and flames in the Palisades Park area just west of downtown Spokane.

A fast-moving fire destroyed just over 40 acres Friday evening, forcing people to evacuate their homes.

The fire is burning near Government Way, just above the Life Center Church and River Run neighborhood.

Fire crews from all over the region joined air tankers and helicopters to battle the fire burning in thick trees and difficult terrain.

At one point, Guy Gifford from the Washington Department of Natural Resources told 4 News Now, “This fire could explode on us if the wind shifts.”

But the wind overnight died down, allowing crews to hold some fire lines. As of Friday night, crews had lines around 50% of the fire.

No structures have burned in the fire, but evacuations remain.

Evacuation levels can change quickly, so Spokane County Fire District 10 advises staying up to date with Spokane County Emergency Management’s Facebook page. You can find that link here: https://www.facebook.com/GEGEmergencyMgt.

Level 3 evacuations for those are those living west of Government Way on Houston Road are now at Level 1 evacuations. The River Run neighborhood is back to Level 1 evacuation levels, meaning “be ready.”

The Red Cross has established a shelter at the West Central Community Center for anyone who needs a place to stay. They allow pets at that shelter.