Spokane County is banning open burning and any recreational fires in the unincorporated areas through Sept. 15.
The burning ban, prompted by dry conditions, was issued this afternoon by Building Director Mark Holman, who is also the county’s fire code official. It covers any unauthorized open fires; it does not cover field burning for which approval has been obtained, backyard barbecues, chimneys or deck warmers if charcoal, seasoned firewood or propane is being used.
Anyone caught with an unapproved open fire can be fined up to $1,000 if he or she does not put it out immediately. The ban will be reviewed by fire agencies in September to determine whether it should be continued.