Fire Marshal Issues Restriction on Outdoor Recreational Fires for City

AC Brian Schaeffer #509-625-7002

Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 1:32 p.m.

Due to the adverse weather conditions, specified outdoor recreational fires (in ground campfires, fire bowls and fire pits) are prohibited in the City of Spokane effective tomorrow, July 29, by order of the Spokane City Fire Marshal. The restriction will continue until further notice; such restrictions are subject to change depending on conditions.

Residents may still use backyard barbecues, portable outdoor fireplaces (provided the appliance has a spark arrester and a chimney) or other patio/deck warmers. Remember, approved fuel must be used and weather conditions must support safe recreational fires. Approved fuels include seasoned (clean/dry) firewood, briquettes, propane or natural gas.

Other requirements for AUTHORIZED recreational outdoor fires include:

  • 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 (15 feet for authorized portable appliances with spark arresters and chimneys).
  • For one and two-family dwellings, follow the device manufacturer’s instructions for clearance. Be safe and use good judgment.
  • Fires must not present a health hazard or nuisance to others.
  • Safe wind conditions (no more than 7 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 fails to take immediate action to extinguish or otherwise discontinue unauthorized burning when ordered to do so is guilty of a misdemeanor. That person can face a fine of up to $1,000 and/or up to 90 days in jail.