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Posted on: July 21, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Area Burn Restrictions In Effect Starting Friday, July 22

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AREA FIRE MARSHALS AND SURROUNDING CITIES ENACT BURN RESTRICTIONS

BURN RESTRICTIONS GO INTO EFFECT, FRIDAY, JULY 22

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Fire Danger Burn Restriction

Although we have seen unseasonably lower temperatures and more rain, the Spokane Metro Area is still at risk for fire this summer.

Fire Marshals from Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD), City of Spokane Fire Department (SFD), Spokane County, City of Cheney, City of Airway Heights, and City of Deer Park have all enacted the Fire Danger Burn Restriction effective Friday, July 22.  With high temperatures in the forecast, all Cities and Fire Agencies want to keep area communities safe from fire risk by reducing the number of human-caused wildfires.  

“In regard to this year’s fire season, the SVFD asks our community to be extra vigilant in their fire safe practices,” said Spokane Valley Fire Department Deputy Fire Marshal, Brett Anderson. “Due to the extra wet season during spring and late into June, more green growth occurred than usual.  Currently, there are more light flashy fuels available such as weeds, grasses, and bushes that can easily catch fire and spread quickly.”

Unauthorized open burning and unauthorized recreational fires are restricted until this order is lifted or unless otherwise permitted by law enforcement or authorized agencies.  If you have any questions, before lighting any fire, call your local agency first.

“The hot-dry conditions of July and the absence of substantial rain fall have produced an increased fire risk,” said City of Spokane Fire Marshal, Lance Dahl. “To help protect our community from the risk of human-caused wildfires the regional Fire Marshals are enacting Countywide Burn Restrictions.  Burn Restrictions are common during warm summer months, serving as additional protection from significant wildfire incidents for our homes and wildlands.”

We want to do our part to keep our air quality as smoke free as possible.  Breathing smoke affects the respiratory system and is especially harmful to everyone and most especially, younger, and elderly generations, and those with heart and respiratory conditions.  

We encourage everyone to follow these easy guidelines and help prevent an unplanned fire from occurring.  Keep our community fire and smoke risk free this summer wildfire season:

Details regarding current burn restriction

While the burn restriction is in place, any person found with a recreational fire or conducting open burning who fails to take immediate action to extinguish or otherwise discontinue such burning when ordered or notified to do so shall be charged with a misdemeanor. (IFC 109; SCC 3.02)

If you have questions regarding burn restrictions, here are some resources:

City of Airway Heights - http://www.cawh.org/

City of Deer Park - https://www.cityofdeerparkwa.com/

City of Spokane Fire Department - https://my.spokanecity.org/fire/

Spokane Clean Air - https://spokanecleanair.org/burning 

Spokane County - https://www.spokanecounty.org/

Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) - https://www.spokanevalleyfire.com/

Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) - https://www.dnr.wa.gov/OutdoorBurning

Details regarding current burn restriction

While the burn restriction is in place, any person found with a recreational fire or conducting open burning who fails to take immediate action to extinguish or otherwise discontinue such burning when ordered or notified to do so shall be charged with a misdemeanor. (IFC 109; SCC 3.02)

If you have questions regarding burn restrictions, here are some resources:

City of Airway Heights - http://www.cawh.org/

City of Deer Park - https://www.cityofdeerparkwa.com/

City of Spokane Fire Department - https://my.spokanecity.org/fire/

Spokane Clean Air - https://spokanecleanair.org/burning 

Spokane County - https://www.spokanecounty.org/

Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) - https://www.spokanevalleyfire.com/

Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) - https://www.dnr.wa.gov/OutdoorBurning

 

 

 

 

 

Jared Webley

Communications Manager

Spokane County, Washington | www.spokanecounty.org

509.477.2479 Office | 509.960.1082 Mobile | [email protected] 

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