Lance Dahl, Spokane Fire Marshal, 509.625.7040
Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 4:09 p.m.
The outdoor recreational fire restrictions that were implemented on June 4 are being lifted. This will take effect at 8 a.m. Friday morning, October 8, 2021. Due to the current and forecasted cooler and wetter conditions, restrictions for specified outdoor recreational fires (campfires, fire bowls, and fire pits) have been lifted for the Spokane County and Spokane Metro Area by order of the Spokane Metro Area Fire Marshals.
The Fire Danger Rating was updated, reflecting area-wide forecasted weather changes.
Spokane Fire Department Fire Marshal Lance Dahl stated, “This fire season has been historic in the number of wildland fires and acres burned across the nation. Regional firefighters appreciate Spokane residents who did their part during the burn restriction. With the burn restrictions being lifted, please continue to use safe recreational burning practices.”
The burn restriction lift will remain in place until weather and fire danger conditions change.
“We want to thank everyone for their compliance with the burn restrictions this summer,” said Spokane Valley Fire Department Fire Marshal, Greg Rogers. “It’s been a long, challenging wildfire season that began with a historic number of fires that were unrelenting – until now. But it is always made easier with citizen help and support.”
Provided that people follow regulations, outdoor recreational fires, including campfires, are allowed in the City of Spokane, Spokane Valley, Airway Heights, Cheney, Liberty Lake, Millwood, and throughout all unincorporated areas of Spokane County.
Chimineas, portable outdoor fireplaces, or other patio/deck warmers are allowed if approved fuel (seasoned clean, dry firewood, briquettes, propane, or natural gas) is used and other requirements are satisfied. The fire cannot be used for the purpose of debris disposal, including paper, natural vegetation, garbage, etc.
Here are other requirements for outdoor fires:
Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency may temporarily restrict burning due to increasing fine particle (smoke) levels and air stagnation.
Check the status at https://www.spokanecleanair.org/current-burning-conditions .