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Fire breaks out outside of Cheney

October 3, 2018

A brush fire sparked just outside of Cheney on Tuesday afternoon, burning about 35 acres and closing nearby roads.

Firefighters on scene told KHQ the fire was contained at 6:04 p.m.

Jill Jones, manager at the Northeast Washington Interagency Communication Center, said the fire was “bumping up” against the edges of Cheney and fire crews were holding it at 20 acres. She said the call came in about 3:40 p.m. and air support and a bulldozer had been sent to the area.

According to city of Cheney Emergency alerts, people should stay away from the West First and Mullinix Road area and state Route 904 was closed.

At 5:35 p.m., the fire was reported to have burned 30 acres, and crews were still working to contain it.

At 6:01 p.m., Tim Steiner, a Cheney Fire Department lieutenant, said crews stopped the east flank of the fire from advancing, the biggest threat to any structures.

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