Firefighters contain wildfire burning near Liberty Lake


LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. -   Update 11:10 p.m.: Fire crews contained a five-acre fire in the hills southeast of Liberty Lake Thursday afternoon.

Spokane Valley Firefighters were first on scene of the wildfire moving quickly up the hill between S Idaho Rd. and the Idaho border. Because the terrain was inaccessible for vehicles, fire crews had to stretch extended hose lines up the hill and use hand tools to control the sides of the fire.

Airplane crews assisted with water drops as firefighters finished a containment line.

After about six hours on scene, operations were turned over to the Washington DNR. A recently used campfire, beer cans and cigarette butts were found in the area believed to be near the fire's origin.

Update 3:45 p.m.: Fire crews are getting a handle on a fire burning near Liberty Lake Thursday afternoon. 

Firefighters report the fire is under control and crews will continue to monitor the fire and strengthen fire lines. No structures were threatened and no injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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