SPOKANE, Wash. — A burn ban will take effect in Spokane County and the Spokane metro area starting Wednesday, July 24.
The ban means outdoor open burning and recreational fires are restricted in the unincorporated areas of Spokane County.
- Recreational fires include any outdoor fire without a chimney such as a backyard fire pit or campfire using chopped firewood or charcoal.
- Prohibited open burning include any open burning of fields and yard waste.
- Manufactured portable outdoor devices such as fireplaces, chimineas, barbecues and patio warmers.
- Approved fuels include seasoned (clean and dry) firewood, briquettes, propane or natural gas.
- Designated campfires in parks and campgrounds may be allowed, depending on agencies with jurisdiction.
The restriction will continue until further notice. Officials said the restrictions are subject to change depending on conditions.
“We want to keep our region safe without hindering summer activities,” said Spokane Valley Fire Marshal Greg Rogers. “Citizens still may use backyard barbecues, portable outdoor fireplaces, or other patio/deck warmers, provided the appliance has spark arrester and a chimney, approved fuel is used, and weather conditions support safe recreational fires.”
Unsafe or restricted fires will be required to be extinguished. Authorities said any person who fails to extinguish restricted fires can face a fine up to $1,000 and/or up to 90 days in jail.