The Spokane Valley Fire Department saw a large volume of calls the week of Oct. 19-25, which were pushed up by the 100 calls that came in during the 24-hour shift that began 8 a.m. Oct. 23, the day record-breaking amounts of snowfall led to other things like tree branches breaking.
Crews helped removed fallen branches and trees if they were blocking someone inside their home, were blocking fire hydrants or created an immediate hazard. Some trees and branches also brought down power lines.
The number of calls involving hazardous conditions – downed trees and power lines – jumped sharply after 4 p.m. and didn’t taper off until after 8:30 p.m. Some of the calls involved arcing and sparking as live power lines and tree branches interacted.
A burning branch was reported in the 1700 block of Bolivar Road at 2:47 p.m.