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 begin on Friday, July 29, 2016, and remain in effect until further notice for any currently unauthorized “open burning” and recreational fires within the unincorporated areas of Spokane County. The Cities of Spokane and Spokane Valley are expected to issue similar restrictions in a coordinated effort as fire hazard conditions worsen in the region. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has taken similar action on DNR lands, which affect regions east of the Cascade Mountains, and coincide with local restriction dates (attached).
At this time, citizens may still use manufactured portable outdoor fireplaces, barbecues, patio warmers, and other devices as depicted in the attached Burn Notice; however campfire pits or other open burning is prohibited. If unauthorized burning is witnessed, it should be reported to the serving Fire District/Department.
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.”
Questions regarding the burning restrictions or acceptable devices may be directed to Spokane County Building and Planning by calling (509) 477-3675.