Outdoor Recreational Fires are Now Allowed
Fire danger burning restrictions in the Cities of Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake, Millwood and the unincorporated areas of the Spokane Valley Fire Department service area have been lifted, effective October 3. Outdoor recreational fires are now allowed as long as approved fuel (seasoned clean dry firewood, briquettes, propane or natural gas) is used and other requirements are satisfied. Outdoor burning for the purpose of debris disposal including garbage, yard waste, paper, natural vegetation, etc. is prohibited at all times.
OUTDOOR FIRE REQUIREMENTS
- Recreational Fires – only in designated areas on public property or on private property with owner approval. Fires must not exceed a fuel area of 3′ in diameter and 2′ in height.
- Safety Precautions – fires must be attended by a responsible adult (knowledgeable in the use of fire extinguishment equipment) at all times until the fire is extinguished. Approved fire extinguishing equipment must be on hand and ready for use. Equipment can include a garden hose, dirt, sand, bucket, shovel, or a minimum 4A rated portable fire extinguisher. Fires must be extinguished before being left unattended, and ash and charcoal remnants must be safely disposed of in noncombustible waste containers.
- Adequate Clearance – for campfires and fire pits, a minimum 25′ clearance to structures and combustibles is required. Conditions which could cause a fire to spread within 25′ of a structure must be eliminated prior to the fire’s ignition.
- Safe Wind Conditions – safe wind conditions of no more than 7-10 mph must be present.
Any fire, regardless of its otherwise proper or legal use, must be extinguished if it is deemed a nuisance to neighbors. Unsafe or otherwise restricted fires are required to be extinguished. People failing to take immediate action to extinguish or otherwise discontinue unauthorized fires when ordered to do so are subject to a fine of up to $10,000 from Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency. People responsible for fires that cause property damage or destruction are subject to cost recovery for the fire response, a Gross Misdemeanor, imprisonment for maximum of one year, a maximum fine of $5,000, or both such imprisonment and fine.