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Thursday, October 22, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Burn restrictions begin Monday for Spokane region

Recreational and open burning is not allowed, including backyard fire pits, starting Monday. The restrictions are intended to prevent the outbreak of fires, and the smoke that comes with them. 

Rising temperatures could cause flooding next week

Plows dug deeper into residential areas on Thursday with Browne’s Addition getting a visit from crews. An order to move vehicles off streets during plowing in Browne’s Addition resulted in towing those who didn’t comply.

Residents breaking burn ban despite fire danger

Even though the fire danger in Spokane County increased from high to very high this week, people are still having recreational fires in their back yards in violation of the burn ban currently in place.

Spokane Valley fire roundup: Residents start fires despite burn ban

Spokane Valley Fire Department crews have been dealing with fires deliberately started by people in defiance of a nearly statewide burn ban, which started earlier than ever this year thanks to hot, dry weather. A fire was reported under a bridge just east of Pines Road and south of Trent Avenue a little before 10 p.m. on July 19. Firefighters discovered what appeared to be a bonfire.

Fire roundup: Cigarette-caused fires keep crews busy

Fourth of July fireworks didn’t play a big role in fires in the Spokane Valley area this year, but discarded cigarettes have been an issue, said Melanie Rose, Spokane Valley Fire Department spokeswoman. Several fires have been reported in the Dishman Hills Natural Area recently and all were caused by either cigarettes or transient campfires, Rose said. “Hikers who are smoking, please discard your cigarettes appropriately,” Rose said.

Firefighters respond to several illegal burns

A burn ban is in place that makes bonfires and fires in fire pits illegal, but that apparently hasn’t stopped people from lighting a match. One of several illegal outdoor fires responded to last week by the Spokane Valley Fire Department was a bonfire built on the shore of the Spokane River near the 16600 block of East Indiana Avenue on Sunday. A resident in a nearby apartment building saw the family building the fire and called it in.