Resources Come Slow As Wildfire Ravages Spokane Reservation
An interagency incident management team has taken over the Hart Fire burning on the Spokane Indian Reservation. The wildfire spread rapidly onto tribal land, but response hasn’t kept up with the pace of the blaze. Strong winds spread the fire fast enough to force an initial attack crew to flee.
“I mean the fires were just so intense that they just had to get out of them,” Spokane Tribe Acting Executive Director Monica Tonasket said.
She said the first firefighting crews worked 36 hours straight. Support has mostly come from Indian Country: Colville and Kalispell members are fighting fire. Coeur d’Alene and Muckleshoots are providing supplies.