On Monday, a brush fire was raging near Cheney. This is prompting Level 2 evacuations. Spokane Valley Fire reported the location at 12908 S. Andrus Road in a tweet
Washington State Patrol Trooper Jeff Sevigney will be helping to light the fire. He tweeted to say that the fire covers approximately 40 acres and is burning in heavy timber. Multiple aircraft are present at the scene.
Sevigney says that the fire is currently burning in a group tree and is now moving into fields and grass. They will notify more people shortly and large air tankers will arrive later to help with retardant.
Wind has caused problems, especially when aircraft try to put out the fire.
Spokane County Fire District 3 has issued Level 2 evacuations for residents of Mount Carmel and Chalet Roads close to Andrus Road. According to an emergency alert. As of 1:30 p.m., 20-25 people are included in this category. Residents should be ready to leave the area.
Spokane County Fairgrounds is open to residents with livestock or animals.
Sevigney stated that there are no reports of injuries to structures being damaged.
Spokane's South Hill can be seen as a large smoke plume. Multiple KREM2 viewers sent videos and photos of the smoke coming from High Drive.
Spokane County Sheriff's Office works closely with fire management. Residents affected by evacuations were notified, Sevigney stated.
KREM 2 has a crew near the scene. KREM 2 reporter Ian Smay stated the Washington State Department of Natural Resources is responding to the situation.