The state of the art for fighting fires in 1910 was a blanket and a shovel.
Weep-tes Wilder, left, and Duane Miller mop up hot spots in the Mill Canyon fire outside Davenport on Aug. 3, 2004. The steep terrain required the crew to constantly be on the lookout for falling trees and slippery footing.
Duane Miller, left, and Anwar Riggins climb up the steep slope of Mill Canyon while mopping up hot spots Aug. 3, 2004.
A fire crew from Fire District 9 cuts a break in the heavy brush at Rutter Parkway and Keenan on Aug. 12, 2005. The crews were able to protect a cluster of homes in the area from a 4.57 acre fire that broke out late in the afternoon.
Firefighters from the Department of Natural Resources, the city of Spokane and Spokane County Fire District 9 respond to a 5-acre brush fire on Beacon Hill on July 8, 2008.
An aerial tanker drops a load of retardant slurry to protect a house, bottom left, on Aug. 13, 2003. A fire that started just off Esmerlda golf course burned over the top of Beacon Hill and threatened a few homes.
A fire retardant bomber makes a run over a bulldozer cutting a fire line at Mill Canyon outside Davenport, Wash. A fire that began Sunday Aug. 1, 2004, had grown to more than 650 acres by Monday.
An aerial tanker flies into clouds of smoke and ash raised by the fires at Riverside State Park on July 13, 1994.
Firefighter Rex Peterson is driven back by flames threatening homes in Northwest Terrace on July 12, 1994.