Dry Conditions Prompt Burn Restrictions
By the orders of local fire and building officials, open burning is restricted effective August 5, due to high fire danger, in areas of Spokane County, including:
Residents may not have an open fire, fire pit or campfire. Residents may use self-contained devices, such as backyard barbecues, chimineas, portable outdoor fireplaces, etc., 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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