FIRE DANGER HIGH: The Fire Danger has changed to "HIGH" in the southern ("Foothills FDRA") district of Pend Oreille County with "MODERATE" in the northern ("Kaniksu FDRA") district. The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has announced a ban on all campfires, rule and permit burning. Therefore, in accordance with Pend Oreille County Burning Control Ordinance 2011-3: “Whenever the Washington State Department of Natural Resources imposes Burning Controls upon lands within Pend Oreille County, the Pend Oreille County Commissioners hereby direct that identical County Burning Controls will be imposed upon all lands under county jurisdiction without further action of the Board of County Commissioners… When DNR prohibits campfires in designated campgrounds in Pend Oreille County, the recreational fires will also be prohibited. …the County Burning Controls will become effective at the same time, upon the same terms and for the same duration as the Burning Controls imposed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.”
Effective 12:01 am Friday, July 2nd, the following Burning Controls were put into effect in Pend Oreille County:
- 1. All burning is banned
- 2. Campfires and other recreational fires are prohibited
- 3. Gas and propane cook stoves are allowed
Daily updates on burn restrictions are available at 1-800-323-BURN.
Contact Department of Ecology to check if an air-quality burn ban is in place for your area. Daily updates on burn restrictions and Industrial Fire Precaution Levels are available at 1-800-323-BURN or visit BURN PORTAL WA DNR to view burn restrictions effective in a particular area.
FIREFIGHTER ONLINE TRAINING: Welcome firefighters to the new South Pend Oreille Fire and Rescue Interactive Academy. This site is used to deliver monthly training and any other specialty classes. Click on the computer icon at the right to login to the training site or contact SPOFR Training Officer Lieutenant Jake Hogue for more information.
South Pend Oreille Fire and Rescue stations are once again open to public gatherings. If you feel ill, it is still important to stay home isolated. If you are concerned you have symptoms of the virus, call your primary care physician to find out if they want to see you. Do not just show up at their office. If you feel it is a life-threating emergency call 911. There is no shortage of information. When gathering information, it is important to remember to utilize trusted and vetted sites. Click on the title above for links to these sites.