Quartzite Wildfire burns 9 acres near Chewelah

The Department of Natural Resources has a nine acre wildfire, burning north of Chewelah, about 70 percent contained.

The fire was 80 percent contained Sunday night, but the fire is located on steep terrain and rolling debris spread the fire further overnight.

The fire started Sunday afternoon along Quartzite Mountain. It is burning heavily wooded land that is owned by the U.S. Forest Service.

The steep terrain has been a challenge for firefighters, who have to watch out for falling rocks and rolling debris.

Crews say the rain and cooler temperatures Monday are a welcomed change and will help firefighters continue to stamp out the fire.

Investigators say it is human-caused, most likely the result of fireworks.

A Red Flag Warning is in effect for most of the Inland Northwest until 1:00 p.m. Monday. All burning is restricted.