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WILDFIRE ALERT: Neighbors tackle brush fire with shovels; can't get it out

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SPOKANE, Wash.- Wednesday afternoon a brush fire broke out south of Spokane off Highway 195, near W Smythe and N Maple road. The fire is burning in a residential area and neighbors we talked to say they are very worried about their homes.

It's not clear how the fire started, but when nearby homeowners saw smoke they ran out with shovels to try and stamp it out. It proved to be too much for them and firefighters from Spokane County District 3, as well as crew from the Bureau of Management, showed up to help.

This is an area that was hit by Firestorm in 1991, so there are a lot of small trees in the area. Firefighters say that those small trees made it tough for them to get their trucks in, which is another challenge in fighting the fire.

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