August 5, 2011

Hot, dry conditions prompt burn restrictions


Hot and dry weather in Eastern Washington prompted the Spokane fire marshal today to issue a restriction on outdoor fires.

All open fires, including campfires and fire pits, are banned within the City of Spokane, as well as unincorporated areas of Spokane County, and Cities of Spokane Valley, Millwood, Liberty Lake, Cheney, Airway Heights, and Deer Park, according to a news release.

Barbecues, portable outdoor fireplaces or other patio or deck warmers will be allowed on private property, as long as natural firewood is used. Charcoal barbecues using briquettes, and propane or natural gas appliances are also allowed.

Those who fail to comply with burn restrictions face a misdemeanor charge that can include up to $1,000 fine or 90 days in jail.

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