Wood Burn Ban In Effect: Violation Could Cost You $200 Per Day - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Wood Burn Ban In Effect: Violation Could Cost You $200 Per Day

Right now, an air stagnation problem has forced the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency to ban all wood burning – indoor and out, including that crackling fireplace at home. Right now, an air stagnation problem has forced the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency to ban all wood burning – indoor and out, including that crackling fireplace at home.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Mother Nature isn't helping. Right now, an air stagnation problem has forced the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency to ban all wood burning – indoor and out, including that crackling fireplace at home.

The problem is that pollution is being trapped in the inversion layer, potentially causing problems for people with asthma or heart or lung disease.

"If you heat with wood, shut it off and use your back up heat source. That's the big message," Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency's Lisa Woodward told KHQ Monday.

Over the weekend, about 30 complaints were registered with the agency – both from neighbors and SRCAA staff. Monday morning, SRCAA's air quality inspectors were out in full force following up on those complaints, knocking on doors and telling families about the ban. First-time offenders get a written or verbal warning but people who continually ignore the ban could face a fine of $200 per day.

Woodard said census data shows 15-20% of the population in the Spokane area uses wood for heat. If it is your only heat source, you can call the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency at (509) 477-4727 to ask for an exemption.

The ban will be in effect until weather conditions change significantly. Check for updates on current burning conditions here: https://www.spokanecleanair.org/current-burning-conditions

To sign up for email alerts so you'll always know when a burn ban is in effect, visit https://www.spokanecleanair.org/

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Coeur d'Alene Police investigating school shooting threat made on Snapchat

    Coeur d'Alene Police investigating school shooting threat made on Snapchat

    Friday, October 19 2018 1:04 AM EDT2018-10-19 05:04:39 GMT

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Coeur d'Alene Police are investigating a reported school shooting threat at Coeur d'Alene High School. A spokesperson for the district said that the threat was written on a napkin and shared  on Snapchat. It says: "CHS school shooting 10-19-18. Be ready." Police tell us that while they are still investigating whether the threat is credible, they do not believe the CHS that the note mentions is referring to Coeur d'Alene High School.

    >>

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Coeur d'Alene Police are investigating a reported school shooting threat at Coeur d'Alene High School. A spokesperson for the district said that the threat was written on a napkin and shared  on Snapchat. It says: "CHS school shooting 10-19-18. Be ready." Police tell us that while they are still investigating whether the threat is credible, they do not believe the CHS that the note mentions is referring to Coeur d'Alene High School.

    >>
  • Explosive device that caused CdA evacuations rendered safe

    Explosive device that caused CdA evacuations rendered safe

    Friday, October 19 2018 6:51 PM EDT2018-10-19 22:51:23 GMT

    Ramsey Elementary and Coeur d' Alene Police station have been evacuated after an explosive device was brought to the station for disposal. Police have called in a bomb squad to dispose of the device and evacuated the buildings as a precaution. Coeur d' Alene School District released the following statement regarding the situation: 

    >>

    Ramsey Elementary and Coeur d' Alene Police station have been evacuated after an explosive device was brought to the station for disposal. Police have called in a bomb squad to dispose of the device and evacuated the buildings as a precaution. Coeur d' Alene School District released the following statement regarding the situation: 

    >>
  • K9 Laslo passes away

    K9 Laslo passes away

    Friday, October 19 2018 10:50 PM EDT2018-10-20 02:50:33 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - After struggling with medical issues recently, retired Spokane County Sheriff's Office K9 Laslo passed away early Friday morning.  "It is with the most heavy heart that I tell you K9 Laslo passed away this morning at 0115hrs," a post on Laslo's Facebook page said Friday morning. "There will be a piece of my heart always missing. To the best partner I ever had, R.I.P." 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - After struggling with medical issues recently, retired Spokane County Sheriff's Office K9 Laslo passed away early Friday morning.  "It is with the most heavy heart that I tell you K9 Laslo passed away this morning at 0115hrs," a post on Laslo's Facebook page said Friday morning. "There will be a piece of my heart always missing. To the best partner I ever had, R.I.P." 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/