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Crews get handle on small brush fire

Tue., Aug. 23, 2011, 10:38 p.m.

Spokane firefighters are on the scene of less than 1-acre brush fire near Riverside Memorial Park.

Officials say the fire’s origin is suspicious. Spokane police have detained one person involved in an altercation in the area, and officials have indicated that the setting of the fire may be related.

A smaller fire earlier today off Riverside Avenue and Government Way also is suspicious, and may be related, an official said.

No structures have been threatened.

Firefighters expect to have the blaze contained between 11:30 p.m. and midnight, and will be mopping up through the night. Steep, rocky terrain and nightfall have complicated firefighting efforts, officials said.

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