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Tuesday, October 27, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Brush fire sets off evacuation at California amusement park

A fast-moving brush fire erupted near a huge amusement and water park in Southern California on Sunday, setting off panic and confusion as park visitors were first told to evacuate as smoke surrounded the area before fire officials asked them to stay put while they worked to contain the blaze.

Firefighters respond to several illegal burns

A burn ban is in place that makes bonfires and fires in fire pits illegal, but that apparently hasn’t stopped people from lighting a match. One of several illegal outdoor fires responded to last week by the Spokane Valley Fire Department was a bonfire built on the shore of the Spokane River near the 16600 block of East Indiana Avenue on Sunday. A resident in a nearby apartment building saw the family building the fire and called it in.

Early fire season prompts burn bans across Eastern Washington

City, county and state officials are tightening fire restrictions due to hot and dry conditions across Eastern Washington. The restrictions come after a rash of wildfires that have sprung up in and around Spokane in recent weeks, well ahead of the typical fire season.

Winds fan 150-acre fire in southwest Spokane County

The fire season jumped out of the starting gate early Saturday afternoon with a 150-acre wildland fire near Downs Lake in the far southwestern corner of Spokane County. Gusty winds fanned the flames, making it difficult for Spokane County Fire District 3 firefighters to battle the blaze. The fire was contained to Miller Ranch, a hunting ranch located at 25010 W. Martin Road.

New brush fire in Fire District 8

Spokane County Fire District 8 responded to two-alarm brush fire Friday afternoon but it is not believed to be related to a recent string of nearly 20 arson fires set south of Spokane Valley and Liberty Lake.