Hot, dry weather and elevated fire potential have prompted the Spokane County Fire Code Official to issue burn restrictions for the unincorporated areas, beginning on Monday, July 16.
This means that unauthorized open burning and specified outdoor recreational fires (campfires, fire bowls and fire pits) is prohibited in the unincorporated areas of Spokane County until further notice.
Any person responsible for open burning could be charged with a misdemeanor and could be fined up to $1,000 or go to prison for up to 90 days – or both.
Citizens may still use manufactured portable outdoor fireplaces, barbecues, outdoor fireplaces, patio/deck warmers – if the appliance is equipped with a spark arrestor and a chimney. In addition, only approved fuels may be used: seasoned (clean and dry) firewood, briquettes, natural or propane gas.
For additional information, or questions please contact Spokane County Building and Planning by calling: 477-3675 or by visiting our website spokanecounty.org/247/Building-Planning.