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UPDATE: BURN BAN ISSUED

UPDATE: Due to the hot, dry conditions, outdoor recreational fires, including campfires and fire pits have been restricted in the City of Spokane effective August 5th, 2011, by order of the Spokane City Fire Marshal. The restriction will continue until further notice; such restrictions are subject to change depending on conditions.

Citizens still may use backyard barbecues, portable outdoor fireplaces or other patio/deck warmers, as long as approved fuel is used.  Approved fuel includes seasoned (clean and dry) firewood, briquettes, propane, or natural gas.

Here are other requirements for outdoor fires:

  • Fires must be in designated areas or on private property with approval from the owner.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • A Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency "green light" indication for air quality must be present. 
  • Ash and charcoal remnants must be safely disposed of in noncombustible waste containers.

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.  That person can face a fine of up to $1,000 and/or up to 90 days in jail.

PREVIOUS COVERAGE:

KHQ.COM - A Burning Ban Order has been issued by Spokane County Building Director Randy Vissia, who also holds County Fire Code Official responsibilities. The burning ban will remain in effect until future notice for any currently unauthorized "open burning" and recreational fires within the unincorporated areas of Spokane County. 

The ban is not intended to preclude burning otherwise sanctioned by Ordinance, such as field burning, provided appropriate approvals are obtained. It also does not preclude the use of backyard barbecues, chimneys and other patio/deck warmers as long as only approved fuel such as seasoned firewood, briquettes, or propane is used. 

Failure to comply with the burning ban could have serious consequences.  As stated in Spokane County Code 3.02.090: "Any person(s) conducting open burning who fails to take immediate action to extinguish or otherwise discontinue such burning when ordered to do so shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punishable upon conviction by a fine of not more than $1,000 or by imprisonment for not more than 90 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment."

FIRE MARSHAL ISSUES BURN RESTRICTIONS

FOR CITIES OF SPOKANE VALLEY, LIBERTY LAKE AND MILLWOOD

Because of the hot and dry conditions, outdoor recreational fires, including campfires, have been restricted in the Cities of Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake and Millwood effective today, August 5th, 2011, by order of the Spokane Valley Fire Marshal.  The restriction will continue until further notice; such restrictions are subject to change depending on conditions.

Citizens still may use backyard barbecues, portable outdoor fireplaces or other patio/deck warmers, as long as approved fuel is used.  Approved fuel includes seasoned (clean and dry) firewood, briquettes, propane, or natural gas.

Here are other requirements for outdoor fires:

  • Fires must be in designated areas or on private property with approval from the owner.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • A Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency "green light" indication for air quality must be present. 
  • Ash and charcoal remnants must be safely disposed of in noncombustible waste containers.

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.  That person can face a fine of up to $1,000 and/or up to 90 days in jail.

 

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