Welcome to Spokane County Fire District 8
Spokane County Fire District 8 provides a full range of services that include fire suppression, emergency medical services, fire prevention, education and investigation, and associated support and maintenance services to our 22,397 citizens in a 110 square mile area in south Spokane County.
SCFD8 members responded to 3,614 calls for service in 2020 from the District's four fire stations located in the Moran, Valleyford, Ponderosa, and Saltese areas. Each station is staffed twenty-four hours a day with a combination of career, part-time, volunteer and resident volunteer personnel.Spokane County Fire District 8 operates under the State of Washington laws and codes governing fire departments by direction of a three-person Board of Fire Commissioners: Andy Rorie; Lee Boling, and Greg Hesse.
As we welcome warmer weather we are also very aware that in our area wildfire season has already arrived. In the 2021 Spring/Summer newsletter you will find information on wildfire and the steps you can take to help reduce risk to your home and property.
I hope you’ve had an opportunity to visit with our Fire Chief, Lonnie Rash. If you have suggestions for Chief Rash on how we can better serve our community, or questions regarding the August Levy Lid Lift, please contact him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org ,or by phone at 509-370-9801.
Enjoy summer and Stay Safe!
Burn Ban in Place
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has issued a ban on all Rule and Permit burns in our area. Campfires are allowed in approved, designated campgrounds only. Most fires aren caused by people conducting debris burns and failing to completely extinguish their piles, or not monitoring them appropriately with a water source available and ready to douse flames that grow large or escape the burn area.
Warming temperatures have dried grasses, and grassy areas are now experiencing numerous wildfires started by outdoor debris burns. In the Northeast region, 100 wildfires have been started in 2021, including 46 since April 1. Of those 100 wildfires, 62 have been caused by people burning debris outdoors and failing to completely extinguish them. These escaped burns have burned over 217 acres this year.
Daily updates on burn restrictions and Industrial Fire Precaution Levels are available at 1-800-323-BURN or on the Fire Danger and Outdoor Burning risk map at https://fortress.wa.gov/dnr/protection/firedanger/ and Industrial Fire Precaution Levels map https://fortress.wa.gov/dnr/protection/ifpl/.