Stay safe, avoid fines this camp fire season | Environment
If this warm weather has you thinking about getting outside and lighting up the campfire, there are rules you need to follow to avoid a fine or something worse. The Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency is outlining the rules and regulations for the season.
"As the weather improves the number of reports we receive about illegal outdoor fires increases. We want people to know and follow the rules related to recreational fires," said Lisa Woodard, Spokane Clean Air. "The rules are in place to ensure safety and to keep smoke to a minimum."
Recreational fires include cooking and camp fires, barbecues and other backyard warmers that burn charcoal, propane, natural gas or firewood. Those fires are allowed only on private property and in designated areas in parks and other public lands.
Here's what Spokane Clean Air recommends if you plan to light up a fire in our region:
- Check first. Be sure that your recreational fire is allowed per rental or homeowner association covenants, rental agreements, etc.
- Ask first. Get permission from a landowner, or landowner's designated representative, before starting your recreational fire.
- Keep it small. Recreational fires must not exceed 3 ft wide by 2 ft high.
- Use the right fuel. Use only approved fuels: charcoal, propane, natural gas, and firewood. The firewood must be dry, clean and natural (untreated) or manufactured logs. The recreational fire cannot be used to dispose of anything, including paper, natural vegetation, garbage, etc.
- Keep clear of structures. Open flame fires must be a minimum of 25 ft away from structures and combustibles.
- Watch and extinguish. A person capable of extinguishing the fire must attend it at all times and the fire must be completely extinguished before leaving it.
- Be a considerate. If smoke from your recreational fire bothers your neighbors, poses a threat, causes property damage, or otherwise is a nuisance, you must put it out immediately. For these reasons, consider an electric-or gas-fueled device rather than wood.
- Remember the ban. Open fires, including fire pits, are restricted during the hot, dry, summer months due to the high fire danger.These restrictions are issued by fire protection agencies. Check the current burn status online at spokanecleanair.org/burning_conditions.asp
or call 477-4710.