Spokane County institutes burn ban in unincorporated areas
Unauthorized outdoor recreational fires are restricted while other uses are permitted
Due to persisting hot and dry weather conditions, Spokane County officials have instituted a burn ban for the unincorporated areas of the county, effective beginning Tuesday, Aug. 14.
The ban restricts unauthorized outdoor recreational fires in the unincorporated county. According to a county news release, the order does not preclude the use of manufactured portable outdoor fireplaces, barbecues, outdoor fireplaces or patio warmers that are used in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.
Only approved fuels may be used, such as seasoned, clean and dry, firewood, briquettes and natural or propane gas.
Designated campfires in parks and campgrounds may be allowed as approved and determined by agencies with jurisdiction. Disposal of vegetative waste in a recreational fire is prohibited at all times.
Any person or person 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 guilty of a misdemeanor. Violations are punishable upon conviction by a fine of not more than $1,000 or by imprisonment for not more than 90 days or by both.
With more hot weather and dry conditions forcasted through next week, county officials gave no indication of how long the burn ban would be in effect.