AREA FIRE MARSHALS AND SURROUNDING CITIES ENACT BURN RESTRICTIONS
BURN RESTRICTIONS GO INTO EFFECT, MONDAY, JULY 20
Fire Danger Burn Restriction
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 Monday, July 20. 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.
“Burn restrictions are put in place to keep us all safe and healthy,” said Spokane Valley Fire Department Fire Marshal, Greg Rogers. “After a review of the short-range weather forecast and the low humidity for Spokane County and discussions with our area Fire Chief partners, we feel it is prudent to initiate Burn Restrictions for Spokane County until further notice.”
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 produce increased fire risk,” said City of Spokane Fire Marshal, Megan Phillips, “we want to mitigate that risk as much as possible by enacting burn restrictions area wide thus protecting all communities from the risk of human-caused wildfire.”
This season in particular with so many of our citizens testing positive for COVID-19, 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:
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