The city of Spokane has banned open burning and recreational fires in city limits due to hot, dry conditions.
The ban, effective today, will continue through Sept. 15 and may be extended if conditions demand it, according to Spokane Fire Marshal Lisa Jones.
Residents may still use backyard barbecues, chimineas or other fully enclosed patio and deck warmers, as long as approved fuel is used. Approved fuel includes seasoned (clean and dry) firewood, briquettes, propane or natural gas.
A person who fails to take immediate action to extinguish or otherwise discontinue unauthorized burning when ordered to do so can face a fine of up to $1,000 and/or up to 90 days in jail.