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Evacuation level lowered for fire southwest of Spokane

Laine Crawford uses a fire extinguisher to put out hot spots near her house at Assembly and West Maxs Lane Tuesday, June 11, 2024.  (COLIN MULVANY/THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW)
From staff reports

From staff reports

Evacuations of dozens of homes near a 75-acre blaze southwest of Spokane were lifted late Tuesday as firefighters successfully created a line around the fire.

A Level 1 evacuation notice, a warning for residents to be ready to leave the area quickly, remains in effect for residents from around the 5500 blocks of South Abbott, South Assembly and South Dorset roads south to Cheney-Spokane Road between Abbott and Dorset roads.

Jessa Lewis, of the state Department of Natural Resources, said three outbuildings were lost in the Grove fire. No primary residences burned.

The fire is 10% contained as of Wednesday morning, and the cause is under investigation.

An American Red Cross shelter at the El Katif Shriners Center, 7217 W. Westbow Blvd., closed Tuesday night after the Level 3 evacuation was downgraded.

The Department of Natural Resources has around 40 crew members planned for Wednesday, with up to seven engines, Lewis said.