Brian Schaeffer

Burn restrictions take effect in Spokane

Brian Schaeffer, Assistant Chief, No Phone Number Available

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 12:21 p.m.

Burn restrictions take effect in Spokane

Updated 06/17/2015 at 3:09 p.m.

Our hot, dry weather has led to restrictions on certain kinds of outdoor recreational fires. Effective Thursday, the Spokane City Fire Marshal has prohibited outdoor fires in ground campfires, fire bowls and fire pits. The restrictions continue until further notice.

You can still use some kinds of backyard barbecues, portable outdoor fireplaces or other patio/deck warmers. See the Fire Restrictions Notice (PDF 264 KB) for more information.

Here are other requirements for outdoor fires:

  • Keep it small - 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 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 (25 feet in general).
    • For one and two-family dwellings, follow the device manufacturer's instructions for clearance. Be safe and use good judgment.
    • For multi-family dwellings, use at least a 15-foot clearance from combustibles and structures. 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.

Enjoy the beautiful weather but remember to make safety a priority. Check back with for updates on these burn restrictions and others throughout the summer months.

More About...