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Crews monitor Greenacres brush fire

Crews are monitoring a brush fire that broke out in Greenacres near South Saltese Lake Road around 5 p.m. Thursday.

Firefighters will spend the night building a line around the flames, and will begin mop up efforts Friday morning when they can see all of the damage.

The 10 to 15 acre fire was at one point threatening 10 homes, but Level 1 evacuation orders were lifted just before 11 pm. Officials say mostly brush was burning, which made combating the fire easier.

"It makes it a lot easier because once the fire gets in the tree tops there's nothing we can really do," said Guy Gifford with the Department of Natural Resources. "Once it gets in the trees we have to wait for it to come down to the ground."

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Hiring Heroes career fair Friday

Hiring Heroes career fair Friday

Inland Northwest Hiring Heroes (INWH) is hosting the 2nd annual Hiring Heroes Career and Resource Fair on Friday, September 19 at the Spokane Fair and Expo Center.

From 10 am until 3 pm, over 100 of the inland northwest's top employers will be present, ready to be matched with well-qualified past and present military members and their families. Participating organizations represent a diverse field, including engineering, technology, education, health care, human services, manufacturing, financial services, aviation, transportation, construction, environmental sciences, retail, consumer products and the government and non-profit sectors.

3 injured in morning crash in Spokane Valley

3 injured in morning crash in Spokane Valley

Three people are being treated for minor injuries after a two-car crash Thursday morning in Spokane Valley.

The accident happened just before 8 a.m. at the intersection of Howe and Sharp.

Two children and an adult had to be extricated from their car. The driver of a truck, the second vehicle in the crash, was not hurt.

Police are investigating.

Spokane Valley mom up for Hero of the Year award

A Spokane County firefighter's wife is up for the for the title of Hero of the Year following her life saving efforts back in February.

"I don't feel like a hero," Rachelle Flatt said on Wednesday. "It's a humbling experience for sure, just to be recognized for that."

Rachelle was just getting ready to go to bed on February 18 when she saw and orange glow coming from her porch. Moments later, she was scrambling to find her three toddlers in their Spokane Valley home that was fully engulfed in flames. The mom took their middle child, 4-year-old Claire out first, then went back in for the youngest, 1-year-old Cecilia. Her second and final trip would be to find the oldest, 7-year-old Owen.

"I don't know why but I grabbed them each one by one," Rachelle said. "Going back for my last one was really difficult, we barely got out."

Her husband, Pete was at work when he got the call that his home was on fire. When he arrived on scene, he found his wife on a stretcher and the children unharmed.

"It's a really fortunate thing," Pete Flatt said. "We're really lucky."

Controversy continues over proposed WSU medical school

Controversy continues over proposed WSU medical school

 The University of Washington released a scathing rebuttal this week to a report supporting the creation of a medical school for Washington State University, saying it contains “a number of deep flaws,” and is based on “faulty assumptions, omissions and erroneous data.”

WSU first approached consultant MGT of America in February to conduct a feasibility assessment for a new medical school based on the University's health sciences campus in Spokane. Specifically the assessment was to focus on the need for physicians in Eastern Washington, the best educational model to meet those needs, if current WSU resources were capable of creating a program to meet accreditation standards and the required time and resources to develop a new medical school.

Spokane Police urging anonymous tipster to call back

Spokane Police urging anonymous tipster to call back

Spokane Police Major Crimes detectives are looking for the public to help them gain more information about a homicide at the Howard Johnson Motel on August 10.

The day after the crime, Spokane Police received two anonymous messages from the same person with information, and now detectives are asking that individual to contact them again and request to speak with Detective Barrington.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for anyone providing information that leads to an arrest in the indicident. Persons with information, including the anonymous tipster, should call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Alert Spokane helped inform residents during I-90 chemical spill

Alert Spokane helped inform residents during I-90 chemical spill

During the hazardous materials spill at the Washington Port of Entry Sunday authorities were able to use a new system called "Alert Spokane" to warn people in the area to shelter in place.

Once the incident commanders at the Washington-Idaho border realized they were dealing with not only a flammable but poisonous substance, they decided people in the immediate area needed to take some special precautions. Emergency management officials started calling nearby residents but didn't reach everyone they wanted to, and that's where Alert Spokane came in handy.

"Basically what it does is, it looks at the 911 database and it looks for those phone numbers that are specific within that geographic areas that they have defined on the map," Ed Lewis with Spokane County Emergency Management said.

Based on the weather and the type of chemical leaking from the tanker truck, incident commanders decided only people living with in a half mile of the port needed some special instructions.