Twenty-four years ago wind-whipped wildfires took off and began to ravage several Eastern Washington counties.It took several days and multiple agencies to get nearly 100 fires contained in October 1991. By the end of what became known as “firestorm,” one person was dead and more than 100 homes had been burned to the ground.
From The Spokesman-Review archives, 1991 Nineteen miles above Spokane, a weather balloon rocked and twisted in gusting 7 a.m. winds.
The fires Oct. 16, 1991, which came collectively to be known as “Firestorm,” ravaged the Spokane area. Fueled by 60 mph winds and 41 days without rain, 92 separate blazes burned approximately 35,000 acres. More than 3,000 calls to 911 were received in 24 hours.