Marlene Feist, 509.625.6505
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 9:17 a.m.
Due to the current and forecasted hot, dry conditions, specified outdoor recreational fires (campfires, fire bowls, and fire pits) have been restricted for the Spokane County and Spokane Metro Area effective Wednesday, July 24, by order of the Spokane Metro Area Fire Marshals. The restriction will continue until further notice. Such restrictions are subject to change depending on conditions.
“We want to keep our region safe without hindering summer activities.” said Spokane Valley Fire Marshal, Greg Rogers. “Citizens still may use backyard barbecues, portable outdoor fireplaces, or other patio/deck warmers, provided the appliance has spark arrester and a chimney, approved fuel is used, and weather conditions support safe recreational fires.”
Use of approved fuels is also allowed which includes seasoned (clean and dry) firewood, briquettes, propane, or natural gas.
Here are other requirements for outdoor fires:
“People are the main cause of wildfires. If we can reduce these risks during our typically hot and dry summer months, we can potentially avoid millions of dollars in lost resources, livestock, property and even human lives,” said Spokane City Fire Marshal, Megan Phillips. “After a review of the short-range weather forecast for Spokane County and discussions with our area Fire Chief partners, we feel it is prudent to initiate Burn Restrictions for Spokane County effective Wednesday, July 24 at 8 a.m. until further notice.”
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 and can face a fine of up to $1,000 and/or up to 90 days in jail.