Spokane, Spokane Valley burn restrictions start today

Spokane, Spokane Valley burn restrictions start today

Because of the hot, dry conditions, outdoor recreational fires like in-ground campfires, fire bowls and fire pits, are now prohibited in the cities of Spokane and Spokane Valley.

Under an order of the Spokane and Spokane Valley Fire Marshals, the restrictions are effective starting July 16 until further notice. The are subject to change depending on conditions.

Citizens can still use backyard barbecues, manufactured portable outdoor fireplaces or other patio/deck warmers if approved fuel is used and weather conditions support safe recreational fires. Approved fuels include seasoned clean firewood, charcoal, propane, or natural gas.

Other requirements for outdoor fires:

Keep it small – Fires must not exceed a fuel area of three feet in diameter by two feet in height.
Fires must be attended by a responsible adult (knowledgeable in the use of the fire extinguishing equipment) at all times.
Approved fire extinguishing equipment must be on hand and ready for use.

Equipment can include a garden hose, dirt, sand, bucket, shovel, or a minimum 4A rated portable fire extinguisher.

Adequate clearance from combustibles must exist (25 feet in general).
Fires must not present a health hazard or nuisance to others.
Safe wind conditions (no more than seven mph) must be present.
Ash and charcoal remnants must be safely disposed of in noncombustible waste containers.

Unsafe or otherwise restricted fires will be required to be extinguished.

Failure to comply with the burning restrictions could have serious consequences. A person who refuses to stop unauthorized burning when ordered to do so is guilty of a misdemeanor and can face a fine of up to $1,000 and/or up to 90 days in jail.