Cheney Free Press -

By Lee Hughes
Staff Reporter 

Anatomy of a wildfire fight

Electrical storm impacts stretch firefighters


Last updated 8/1/2019 at 9:39am

Set up at the intersection of Cameron Road and State Route 904 just west of Cheney on Wednesday, July 24, the incident command post consisted of a truck tailgate, a whiteboard and a lot of squawking hand-held radios.

The smoke-covered highway was closed, traffic being diverted elsewhere by Washington State Department of Transportation personnel. Vehicles occasionally passed by, kicking up dust on Cameron Road, some towing livestock trailers as they evacuated the area ahead of a wildfire burning nearby.

A foursome of single-engine Fire Boss tanker planes and a Huey helicopter dangling a la...

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