Brian Schaeffer, Assistant Chief, 509.625.7002
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 8 a.m.
The burn restrictions that were implemented on July 22nd, 2013, are being lifted, effective today, Tuesday, September 24, 2013. Outdoor recreational fires, including campfires, are allowed in the City of Spokane, Spokane Valley and throughout all unincorporated areas of Spokane County. Citizens may also use backyard barbecues, chimineas, portable outdoor fireplaces, or other patio/deck warmers, as long as approved fuel is used and other requirements are satisfied. Approved fuel includes seasoned (clean and dry) firewood, briquettes, propane, or natural gas. Here are other requirements for outdoor fires:
Fires not meeting the above listed requirements will be required to be extinguished. As always, bonfires or pig roast type fires must receive an inspection, pre-approval, and a permit from the Spokane Fire Department. Outdoor fires for disposal purposes are illegal in the City of Spokane at all times. Failure to comply with the recreational fire regulations are subject to a class 1 civil infraction, which carries a $513 fine in addition to other serious consequences. A person who fails to take immediate action to extinguish or otherwise discontinue unauthorized burning when ordered to do so is subject to a misdemeanor charge. That person can face an additional fine of up to $1,000 and/or up to 90 days in jail. Characteristic high winds occur this time of year. Enjoy outdoor activities safely!