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By John McCallum
Managing Editor 

Outdoor burns bring increasing danger

Fire and air quality officials report uptick in recreational and illegal outdoor fires


Last updated 4/8/2021 at 10:55am

SPOKANE COUNTY – Fire protection agencies and regional air-quality officials are concerned about a growing increase in illegal outdoor burning activity in the county.

In a March 31 news release, fire officials say they are seeing an increase in calls reporting possible illegal outdoor burns. Besides the possibility of these burns getting out of control and causing wild or structure fires, there’s also the aspect of health conditions stemming from more smoke in the air — smoke that weather conditions can often work to prevent dissipation.

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