When fine particles of smoke are on the rise and stagnant weather conditions prevail, Spokane Clean Air can restrict the use of wood burning devices and outdoor burning. This strategy is to keep fine particles from exceeding the federal, health-based air quality standards.
Current Burn Ban status is provided in the blue box on the right, or you are encouraged to subscribe to an email alert when burn bans are issued and lifted by Spokane Clean Air.
How it works
A color-coded system is used to report wood burning conditions:
Green: Air pollution levels are low and dispersion is good. There are no restrictions on the proper use of wood burning stoves, inserts and fireplaces.
Yellow: This is a Stage 1 burn ban. Air pollution levels are rising or are already high due to poor dispersion. Use of wood burning devices is restricted. Only EPA-certified devices (wood, pellet stoves and inserts) may be used. The restriction is typically for the Smoke Control Zone, but can be extended countywide if conditions dictate. ALL outdoor burning is banned countywide under a Stage 1 and 2.includes .
Red: This is a Stage 2 burn ban. Air pollution has risen to a level threatening to public health, dispersion is poor and is not expected to improve in the next 24 hours. Use of all wood burning devices is prohibited. The ban is typically for the Smoke Control Zone, but can be extended countywide if conditions dictate. All outdoor burning is banned countywide under Stage 1 and 2.
"All Outdoor Burning" includes chimneas, outdoor fireplaces, fire bowls, fire pits, wood chip electric smokers, wood/charcoal/pellet grills, and similar devices.
If you have an inadequate source of heat, you may apply for an exemption to continue to heat during a ban.
Smokey chimneys are prohibited at all times.
Smoke Control Zone
Wood heating restrictions are typically issued for the Smoke Control Zone (map below), although they can be extended countywide if conditions dictate. If an air pollution episode is declared by the state, the ban can extend throughout Eastern Washington.
The Smoke Control Zone represents the more concentrated residential and commercial areas of the County, areas where air pollution levels are highest due to the density of homes and businesses and air flow patterns.
Outdoor burn bans apply countywide when Spokane Clean Air issues a Stage 1 or Stage 2 Impaired Air Quality burn ban.
City of Spokane
North to Owens Road
Spokane Valley to Idaho border
South to Gibbs Road
West to Hayford Road
Click on the map for a larger image.
If you live close to the boundary lines, call us at (509) 477-4727, during normal business hours, and we can assist you by using a more detailed map.