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Most area residents will remember the Cayuse Mountain Fire that burned upwards of 18,000 acres. That fire, in 2016, was particularly disastrous to the Spokane Tribe. Power was cut to the main administrative buildings as well as the water supply. In addition, 14 tribal homes were destroyed.
Starting in mid-September, work will begin on the $2 million “Children of the Sun Solar Initiative” on the Spokane Reservation. Solar panels will generate energy for 14 tribal buildings, including some housing units.
The Spokane Tribe has received a $450,000 federal grant to help the tribe rebuild houses destroyed or damaged in last summer’s Cayuse Mountain Fire.
The community response brought to mind last year’s windstorms. It’s comforting to know we live in a place where people are eager to pitch in at a moment’s notice.
The fire that burned several homes south of Spokane on Sunday is now 50 percent contained, fire officials reported. The blaze, called the Yale fire, has been measured at 6,886 acres. The other fire that burned homes on Sunday afternoon, the Wellesley fire is 100 percent contained and burned 365 acres.