Brian Schaeffer

Use caution with outdoor recreational fires

Brian Schaeffer, Assistant Chief, No Phone Number Available

Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 11:05 a.m.

Use caution with outdoor recreational fires

The weather keeps getting warmer, and that means it's finally time for outdoor fun and activities. The City of Spokane allows outdoor recreational fires (including campfires), backyard barbecues, chimineas, portable outdoor fireplaces, and patio/deck warmers as long as approved fuel is used and all regulations are observed. Failure to comply with recreational fire regulations is a class 1 civil infraction and carries a fine of up to $513.

The Spokane Fire Department encourages you to be safe while enjoying the beautiful outdoors. Please help keep our city safe by reviewing and conforming to the following regulations:

  • Approved fuel includes seasoned (clean and dry) firewood, briquettes, propane, or natural gas.
  • Fires must be in designated areas or on private property with owner approval.
  • Fires must not exceed a fuel area of 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height.
  • Fires must be attended by a responsible adult (knowledgeable in the use of fire extinguishing equipment) at all times until the fire is extinguished.
  • 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:
    • For campfires and fire pits, a minimum 25 foot clearance from structures and combustibles is required.
    • For portable outdoor fireplaces/devices at one and two-family dwellings, owners must follow the manufacturer's instructions for clearance, which usually includes maintaining the domed screen or other spark arresting type device in place over the fire.
    • For multi-family dwellings (3-units and over), portable outdoor fireplaces require at least a 15 foot clearance from structures and combustibles.
  • Fires must not present a health hazard or nuisance to others.
  • Safe wind conditions (no more than 7 to 10 mph) must be present.
  • A Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency "green light" indication for air quality must be present.
  • Fires must be extinguished before being left unattended and ash and charcoal remnants must be safely disposed of in noncombustible waste containers.

Fires not meeting these regulations will be required to be extinguished. Thank you for helping keep Spokane safe. For more information, contact SFD's Fire Prevention Division at 509.625.7000.

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