SPOKANE, Wash. - Investigators with the Spokane Fire Department say the fire that burned dangerously close last week near the Convent Of The Holy Names by SFCC was human caused.
The fire burned about five acres, but no structures were damaged.
Investigators are now trying to determine if the fire was intentionally set or if it was an accident.
Press Release From The Spokane Fire Department:
NEWS FROM THE FIRELINE: The Government Way Fire started around 2:30 P.M. this afternoon. Initially the fire spread rapidly due to erratic winds in the area. 60 residents and staff were evacuated from the Holy Names Academy due to the close proximity of the fire. Of the residents 20 were ambulatory and were transported by the Spokane Transit Authority to the Mission House. 10 non-ambulatory and 6 wheelchair residents were transported by American Medical Response and Spokane Transit Authority to St. Joseph's Family Center.
As the incident escalated, Spokane Incident Management Team 'A' was dispatched to assist with the management of the incident in coordination with the SFD. 3 Spokane Fire Department units and 2 Department of Natural Resources units will continue with operations on the fire line overnight.
CONTAINMENT: 100% SIZE: 5+ acres LOCATION: South of Holy Names Academy, North of the Spokane River. VEGETATION TYPE AND TERRAIN: Grass and Trees. WEATHER: Mostly sunny/clear into the late afternoon and evening. Continued warm into the late afternoon with a high around 95 and overnight low of 60. Winds are expected at 5 to 8 M.P.H. from the Southwest-West with gusts up to 16, decreasing to 2 to 5 after mid evening. PERSONNEL: 75-100 personnel at the peak of the incident.
RESOURCES: Spokane County Incident Management Team, approximately 35-45 units were on scene at the peak of the incident including structural engines, brush engines and a bull dozer. AGENCIES & COOPERATORS INVOLVED: Spokane Fire Department, Spokane Valley Fire Department, Spokane County Fire Districts 3, 4, 9, 10, Stevens County Fire Department and Spokane County Incident Management Team A.
Cause:Under investigation by the SFD's SIU.
Damage:All structures were successfully protected.
# Firefighters Responding: 100
Other Fire Districts Responding: DNR, Fire District 1, Fire District 10, Fire District 3, Fire District 4, Fire District 9
BREAKING: Right now fire crews are attacking a growing brush fire in northwest Spokane in the area of Fort George Wright Dr. and the 2000 block of Mitchell Dr. It's not clear how many acres have charred. Firefighters from Spokane and DNR are on scene.
Firefighters have evacuated The Convent Of The Holy Names and other homes in the area. Along with the evacuations, firefighters are also spraying down the area with water in an effort to prevent flames from reaching structures.
A total of 36 nuns are being evacuated. 20 are being taken to a place called "Mission House", 10 are being taken to St. Joseph's Hospital and 6 in wheel chairs being taken to another location.
The American Red Cross Inland Northwest Chapter is sending an Emergency Response Vehicle to provide food and water to the firefighters battling the fire.
So far no injuries have been reported. Authorities are asking all drivers to avoid the scene as they work to put out the fire. Look for updates here on KHQ.Com, Facebook and our Twitter news feed.