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In brief: Yard waste burning not legal in most cases without permit

Sat., April 13, 2013

SPOKANE COUNTY – Contrary to rumors, there are not any yard waste burning days this weekend in Spokane County.

“We do not have burn days in Spokane County anymore,” said Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency spokeswoman Lisa Woodard.

Woodard said she’s heard from people at the Department of Natural Resources that residents have contacted them about the rumor as well, telling DNR that they heard it on a local television station.

Burning yard waste is illegal in Spokane County with only a few exceptions. Residents in Spokane County Fire Districts 2, 5, 11 and 12 may apply for a yard waste burning permit from their local fire district, Woodard said. People with unimproved property can also apply for a burning permit from DNR for debris.

Spokane Valley Fire Department Assistant Fire Marshal Bill Clifford said his department responds to about half a dozen illegal yard waste fires a week this time of year. “Really, there’s nowhere out in our jurisdiction where people are allowed to burn yard waste,” he said. “It costs taxpayer money when we respond.”

Expect lane closures along Sprague Avenue starting Monday

SPOKANE VALLEY – A sidewalk improvement project that will impact traffic is expected to start Monday on Sprague Avenue between Havana Street and Fancher Road.

The work to make Americans with Disabilities Act ramp improvements will occur 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on weekdays through mid-May.

During construction the curb lanes will be closed in the affected area. The project is being paid for by a Community Development Block Grant and city of Spokane Valley funds.

Meeting will discuss options for University Road overpass

SPOKANE VALLEY – The city will host a meeting to consider a University Road overpass at Interstate 90, from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Spokane Valley Fire Department Administration Building, 2120 N. Wilbur Road.

The city is doing a study to determine if an overpass is needed and whether it should accommodate pedestrians, cyclists, cars or all three.

People will be asked what type of overpass they prefer, if any, and where any overpass should be situated. For more information call (509) 720-5011.

Valleyfest fundraiser auction planned for Friday night

SPOKANE VALLEY – The annual Valleyfest auction is set for 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday at CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Place.

The event includes silent and live auctions, a catered dinner and live entertainment. It is the main fundraiser for the annual community festival held every September.

Items up for bid will include Spokane Indians tickets, a cruise to Alaska or Mexico, a sailboat ride on Lake Coeur d’Alene and a variety of gift baskets and gift cards.

Tickets for the event are $40 and can be purchased by calling (509) 922-3299 or visiting


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