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Spokane County Puts Burn Restrictions in Place

August 29, 2012

On August 14, 2012, Spokane County implemented burn restrictions (I was out of town and am just getting caught up).  The burn restriction language is below:

By Order of the Fire Code Official, pursuant to Chapter 3 of the International Fire Code (IFC) as amended by WAC 51-44, and Chapter 3.06 of the Spokane County Code (SCC), each as adopted by Spokane County, and upon input received from the National Weather Service, Spokane County Fire Districts and Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency:

UNAUTHORIZED OPEN BURNING AND UNAUTHORIZED RECREATIONAL FIRES ARE HEREBY ORDERED DISCONTINUED IN THE UNINCORPORATED AREAS OF SPOKANE COUNTY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, EFFECTIVE THE DATE OF THIS ORDER – AUGUST 14, 2012 – UNLESS THIS ORDER IS OTHERWISE LIFTED, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, OR UNLESS OTHERWISE PERMITTED BY LAW OR BY AUTHORIZED AGENCIES.

This Order is not intended to preclude the use of manufactured portable outdoor fireplaces, barbecues, outdoor fire-places or patio warmers, used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Only approved fuels may be used: seasoned (clean and dry) firewood, briquettes, natural or propane gas. Designated campfires in parks and camp-grounds may be allowed as approved and determined by agencies with jurisdiction. Disposal of vegetative waste in a recreational fire is prohibited at all times.

This Order shall be complied with by the owner, operator, occupant or other persons responsible for the condition or violation to which the Notice and Order pertains (IFC 109). Any person(s) 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 (IFC 109; SCC 3.02)

A violation of this Order is a misdemeanor and shall be punishable upon conviction by a fine of not more than $1,000 or by imprisonment for not more than 90 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment (SCC 3.02).

Propane, natural gas, charcoal, and clean natural firewood burning appliances are allowed

You can read the full text at http://www.spokanecounty.org/news.aspx?dept=0&news=900 if you wish.

The key here is that recreational camp fires are prohibited.  Fires in barbecues, manufactured outdoor patio warmers and manufactured portable outdoor fireplaces (like the one shown above) are allowed PROVIDED you follow the manufacturer’s requirements.  If you’ve got questions you can call our offices at 509-466-4602 or e-mail me at dbleeker@scfd9.org.

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