Cheney Free Press -

By John McCallum
Managing Editor 

Burn ban instituted for Spokane County


Last updated 7/20/2020 at 11:04am

WEST PLAINS – Fire chiefs in Spokane County issued burn restrictions on Monday to all residents due to hot weather conditions expected throughout the week. The restrictions apply to all jurisdictions within the county.

“We did converse, as the County Fire Chiefs, and agreed that given the high temps this week with low relative humidity along with dry fuel conditions, it was time to invoke burn bans for recreational fires,” Cheney Fire Chief Tom Jenkins said in an email.

The restrictions apply to all unauthorized recreational fires and open burning. Recreational fires are those burning without a chimney such as a backyard fire pit or campfire using chopped wood or charcoal and include cooking fires or fires on private property for pleasure or ceremonial purposes. Open burning is defined as any burning of fields or yard wastes.

The restrictions are added to ones already implemented by the Department of Natural Resources for permit and rule burns. According to information from Spokane County Fire District 3, rule fires are those using silvicultural debris from the homeowners unimproved property while permit fires involve piles of debris greater than four feet needing DNR approval.

The Spokane County ban takes effect immediately on Monday, July 20, and is for an indefinite period while weather conditions remain hot, with low humidity and little chance of moisture. According to the National Weather Service, Tuesday and Wednesday should be the hottest, with temperatures well into the 90s, with a slight cooling trend bringing temps back into the mid to high 80s through the weekend.

Winds could gust to 25 miles an hour on Wednesday, with humidity remaining in the 25 – 35 percent range.

John McCallum can be reached at

Author Bio

John McCallum, Managing Editor

John McCallum is an award-winning journalist who has been with the Cheney Free Press for over 20 years. He has received 10 Washington Newspaper Publisher Association awards for journalism and photography, including first place awards for Best Investigative, Best News and back-to-back awards in Best Breaking News categories. He has been serving as editor of the Spokane Valley News Herald since March 2020.

Phone: 509-235-6184
Contact John McCallum


Reader Comments(0)


Our Family of Publications Includes:

Cheney Free Press
Ritzville Adams County Journal
Whitman County Gazette
Odessa Record
Franklin Connection
Davenport Times
Spokane Valley News Herald
Colfax Daily Bulletin

Powered by ROAR Online Publication Software from Lions Light Corporation
© Copyright 2023

Rendered 03/03/2023 06:57