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By John McCallum
Managing Editor 

Area fire chiefs enact burn restrictions

Fire danger increases due to above average temperatures and lack of average rainfall

 

Last updated 6/10/2021 at 8:53am



SPOKANE COUNTY — Acknowledging that the local wildfire season is “off to a strong start,” area fire chiefs joined together to issue a burn restrictions order last Friday. The order began June 4 and remains in effect indefinitely.

The chiefs took the steps due to lack of precipitation this past spring — the driest since 1926 and fourth driest over the past 130 years of record keeping. They also pointed to hot weather last week, with temperatures climbing into the 90s, and a forecast that indicates temperatures remaining 40% above normal while precipitation is 50% below normal.

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