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AREA FIRE MARSHALS AND SURROUNDING CITIES ENACT BURN RESTRICTIONS


06/04/21
               

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SVFD FIRE MARSHAL ISSUES BURN RESTRICTIONS

FOR THE SPOKANE VALLEY FIRE DEPARTMENT FIRE DISTRICT

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Due to the hot, dry conditions, specified outdoor recreational fires (campfires, fire bowls, and fire pits) have been restricted in the Cities of Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake, Millwood, and the unincorporated areas of Greenacres and Otis Orchards effective today, June 4, 2021, by order of the Spokane Valley Fire Department, Fire Marshal.

The restriction will continue until further notice; such restrictions are subject to change depending on conditions. Also see www.spokanevalleyfire.com for more information.

Citizens still may use backyard barbecues, portable outdoor fireplaces, or other patio/deck warmers, provided the appliance has spark arrester and a chimney, approved fuel is used, and weather conditions support safe recreational fires.  Approved fuel includes seasoned (clean and dry) firewood, briquettes, propane, or natural gas.

Here are other requirements for outdoor fires:

  • Fires must be in designated areas or on private property with approval from the owner.
  • Fires must be attended by a responsible adult (knowledgeable in the use of the fire extinguishing equipment) at all times.
  • 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.
  • Adequate clearance from combustibles must exist.
    • For one and two-family dwellings, follow the device manufacturer’s instructions for clearance.  Be safe and use good judgment.
    • For multi-family dwellings, use at least a 15-foot clearance from combustibles and structures.  Be safe and use good judgment.
  • Fires must not present a health hazard or nuisance to others.
  • Safe wind conditions (no more than 7 mph) must be present.
  • Ash and charcoal remnants must be safely disposed of in noncombustible waste containers.

Unsafe or otherwise restricted fires will be required to be extinguished.  Failure to comply with the burning restrictions could have serious consequences.  A person who fails to take immediate action to extinguish or otherwise discontinue unauthorized burning when ordered to do so is guilty of a misdemeanor and can face a fine of up to $1,000 and/or up to 90 days in jail.

Greg Rogers

Fire Marshal

Spokane Valley Fire Department

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 4, 2021

Contact:         

Julie Happy

SVFD

509.892.4155

Lance Dahl

Spokane Fire Department

509.625.7040

James Moore

Spokane County

509.477.7120

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AREA FIRE MARSHALS AND SURROUNDING CITIES ENACT BURN RESTRICTIONS

BURN RESTRICTIONS GO INTO EFFECT, FRIDAY, JUNE 4

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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 Friday 4, June.  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, along with the low amount of rainfall this spring in 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 and the absence of rain fall have produced an increased fire risk,” said City of Spokane Fire Marshal, Lance Dahl, “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.”

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 Heightshttp://www.cawh.org/

City of Deer Parkhttps://www.cityofdeerparkwa.com/

City of Spokane Fire Departmenthttps://my.spokanecity.org/fire/

Spokane Clean Airhttps://spokanecleanair.org/burning

Spokane Countyhttps://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

 

Burn Restrictions 06-04-2021 at 8:00 am

 

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