CHENEY – Firefighter Tyler Beahan and Provisional Lt. Kyle Byme with Woodinville Fire & Rescue along with Firefighter Mike Mentos from Shoreline Fire Department was among several crews deployed to contain the 200-acre Badger Lake fire 15 miles south Cheney.
All three returned home safely.
A series of four small wildfires broke out around 5 p.m. Sunday on Aug. 16 under hot and dry conditions and were burning in grassy areas along stands of Ponderosa Pine. The fires were finally under control on Aug. 22.
“Firefighters Beahan, Byme and Mentos were part of a statewide mobilization strike team deployed to Cheney to contain the fire,” said Woodinville Fire & Rescue Public Information Officer Catherine Breault. “Their role was structure protection, initial attach, and mop up.”
According to the Department of Natural Resource Public Information Officer Isabelle Hoygaard, the fires began on both sides of the Williams Lake Road and spread northeast. Hougaard added firefighters had difficulty fighting the blaze on the northern part of Badger Lake due to its rocky terrain.
In an Aug. 17 press release, Spokane County Fire District 10 Deputy Chief Don Malone said two of the fires merged into one, leaving the Badger Lake fire at approximately 200 acres, the Williams Lake fire at 22 acres, and the Rock Lake fire at one acre. The Rock Lake fire is 100 % contained, while the Badger and Williams fires were listed at 40% containment Tuesday night, Aug. 18.
According to a release from the Washington State Patrol, the fires threatened between about 50-70 homes. While no homes caught fire, two garages, a lean-to shed, and a chicken coop was destroyed.
Woodinville F&R stood at the ready to help with Hurricane Laura and was about to deploy personnel, but plans to send crews were canceled on Friday, Aug. 28.