August 29, 2013 | Vol. 117 -- No. 19

Cause of Depot Springs Road fire still undetermined

Better forest management practices can cut costs, reduce property damage

The math is pretty striking when one does some simple calculations about last Tuesday’s wildfire off of Depot Springs Road south of Cheney.

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Paul Delaney
Spokane County Fire District No. 3 crews had the largest contingent of apparatus onsite to battle the 50-acre Depot Springs fire.

The preliminary estimated cost to fight the 50-acre blaze that consumed a mix of private pasture and forest was between $150,000-$200,000, or $3,000-$4,000 per acre.

The cause is still being investigated.

“That was turned over to DNR (Department of Natural Resources),” Spokane County District 3 Fire Chief Bruce Holloway said. “It was a DNR fire so they investigated it, they have not said.”

While winds did pick up during the afternoon and had...

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