Burn restrictions go into effect Friday for most of Spokane County

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SPOKANE, Wash. — Fire Marshals from across the Spokane area are enacting burn restrictions Friday.

These restrictions are being put in place by Fire Marshals from the City of Spokane Fire Department, Spokane Valley Fire, Spokane County, the City of Cheney, City of Airway Heights and City of Deer Park.

With high temperatures in the forecast, all cities and fire agencies want to keep local communities safe from fire risk by reducing the number of human-caused wildfires.

“The hot-dry conditions and the absence of substantial rainfall 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.”

Unauthorized open burning and unauthorized recreational fires are restricted until the order is lifted. Under the burn restrictions:

  • All recreational fires are not allowed. This includes any outdoor fire without a chimney such as a backyard fire pit or campfire using chopped firewood or charcoal.
  • All open burning is not allowed. This includes any open burning of fields and yard waste is prohibited at all times.
  • Manufactured portable outdoor devices are allowed. This includes fireplaces, chimineas, barbeques, and patio warmers used in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Approved fuels in appropriate devices are allowed. This includes clean and dry seasoned firewood, charcoal, natural gas, and propane gas.
  • Designated campfires in parks and campgrounds may be allowed as approved and determined by agencies with jurisdiction.

The burn restrictions will remain in place until further notice.

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Source: KXLY.com