Burn bans are due to extreme weather conditions and will be in effect until further notice.
A historic heat wave is on its way for much of the Northwest. Temperatures will soar to high levels this weekend as Spokane sees the potential for June’s highest temperature on record.
It will be so hot this weekend that high temperature records will be broken. Temperatures will tend to be nearly 30 degrees above normal. In Spokane, that puts high temperatures above 100 degrees from Saturday and will stay there for at least the first part of next week.
Here is the list of counties and recreation areas that currently have a burn ban in place.
Areas with burning bans in place in Washington
â¢ Spokane County: Outdoor recreational fires, open burns, regulated burns and licensed burns are currently prohibited in Spokane County.
â¢ Roosevelt Lake National Recreation Area: The burning ban goes into effect Friday, June 25.
â¢ Okanogan County: The ban is currently in effect.
â¢ Lincoln County: no small debris disposal fires (burns without a written permit from MNR)
â¢ Kanikusa Fire Risk Assessment Area (NE Washington) (FDRA): Authorized and regulated burns are not permitted.
â¢ FDRA Foothills: Permitted burns and regulated burns are not permitted. Campfires are only permitted in approved and designated campgrounds.
â¢ FDRA of the upper basin: authorized burns and regulated burns are not authorized. Campfires are only permitted in approved and designated campgrounds.
â¢ Valley FDRA: Permitted burns and regulated burns are not permitted. Campfires are only permitted in approved and designated campgrounds.
â¢ Asotin County: All permit burns, rule burns and campfires are not permitted.
â¢ Kootenai County: The burn will be closed for all fires except recreational fires in an approved fire pit. Indeed, extreme temperatures and low humidity have increased the risk of fire in Kootenai County.
Kootenai County Fire has also reminded residents to use only safe and healthy fireworks as July 4 approaches. These are fireworks that stay close to the ground and do not exceed a diameter of 20 feet. Safe and healthy fireworks include cone fountains, sparklers, wheels, and whistles.
â¢ Coeur d’Alene Fire does not have one in effect, but has increased fire danger signs at Tubbs Hill. Campfires, fireworks, and smoking are not permitted on Tubbs Hill under any circumstances.
Spokane is also subject to an extreme heat warning from Friday June 25 through Tuesday June 29.
We will update this story when new bans are announced and when the current bans are lifted.