By Matthew Stephens
Cheney Free Press 

Crews tackle Sunset Hill Fire

Blaze considered human caused


Last updated 8/10/2023 at 9:45am

Matthew Stephens

A MD-87 (DC-9-87) Erickson Aero Tanker drops a load of retardant on the Sunset Hill fire on Aug. 3 2023

SPOKANE – Nearly five acres of Finch Arboretum was burned and hundreds of residents were forced to evacuate neighborhoods around Sunset Hill just after 2:00 p.m. on August 3.

Spokane Engine Four was dispatched to a wooded area just behind the Catholic Charities Catalyst shelter on Sunset Highway for a report of smoke.

The call was quickly upgraded to an active brush fire response.

With additional resources dispatched, Engine Four arrived to find a fire approximately 1/2 acre in size in a pocket of dense vegetation.

Due to the fire behavior and numerous spot fires that were experienced...

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