Burn restrictions go into effect, Friday, June 4, 2021
Lance Dahl, City of Spokane Fire Department, 509-625-7040
Friday, June 4, 2021 at 4:01 p.m.
Spokane, WA June 4, 2021- Fire Danger Burn Restriction
Fire Marshals from, City of Spokane Fire Department (SFD), Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD), Spokane County, City of Cheney, City of Airway Heights, and City of Deer Park have all enacted the Fire Danger Burn Restriction effective Friday, June 4, 2021. With high temperatures in the forecast, all Cities and Fire Agencies want to keep area communities safe from fire risk by reducing the number of human-caused wildfires.
“Burn restrictions are put in place to keep us all safe and healthy,” said Spokane Valley Fire Department Fire Marshal, Greg Rogers. “After a review of the short-range weather forecast, along with the low amount of rainfall this spring in Spokane County and discussions with our area Fire Chief partners, we feel it is prudent to initiate Burn Restrictions for Spokane County until further notice.”
Unauthorized open burning and unauthorized recreational fires are restricted until this order is lifted or unless otherwise permitted by law enforcement or authorized agencies. If you have any questions, before lighting any fire, call your local agency first.
“The hot-dry conditions and the absence of rainfall have produced an increased fire risk,” said City of Spokane Fire Marshal, Lance Dahl, “we want to mitigate that risk as much as possible by enacting burn restrictions area-wide thus protecting all communities from the risk of human-caused wildfire.”
We want to do our part to keep our air quality as smoke-free as possible. Breathing smoke affects the respiratory system and is especially harmful to everyone and most especially, younger, and older adults, and those with heart and respiratory conditions.
We encourage everyone to follow these easy guidelines and help prevent an unplanned fire from occurring. Keep our community fire and smoke risk-free this summer wildfire season:
Under the burn restrictions:
All recreational fires are not allowed. This includes any outdoor fire without a chimney such as a backyard fire pit or campfire using chopped firewood or charcoal.
All open burning is not allowed. This includes any open burning of fields and yard waste is prohibited at all times.
Manufactured portable outdoor devices are allowed. This includes fireplaces, chimineas, barbeques, and patio warmers used in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions.
Approved fuels in appropriate devices are allowed. This includes clean and dry seasoned firewood, charcoal, natural gas, and propane gas.
Designated campfires in parks and campgrounds may be allowed as approved and determined by agencies with jurisdiction.
While the burn restriction is in place, any person found with a recreational fire or conducting open burning who fails to take immediate action to extinguish or otherwise discontinue such burning when ordered or notified to do so shall be charged with a misdemeanor. (IFC 109; SCC 3.02)
If you have questions regarding burn restrictions, here are some resources: