North Idaho

Burn bans going into effect across Kootenai County

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - You just have a few days left for open burning depending on where you live in Kootenai County, though in some spots your time is already up.

While it may look green and lush it didn't take much to ignite a patch of brush that quickly took out a 10 x 20 foot area of brush along Highway 41.

"Last week we had a semi pulling out of this driveway here. It clipped the power line just enough to make it arc and drop some sparks. It ended up igniting some vegetation," Shaena Dunn with Kootenai Fire and Rescue said.

Burn bans going into effect across Kootenai County

"This is just showing how easily the vegetation is igniting," Dunn added.

It also highlights a burn ban going into effect across Kootenai County. Even thought we've had rain recently, it won't take long for vegetation to dry out. Plus, a lack of major fires in the last few years plus a wet spring means more fuel to burn.

"We've had a lot of tall green grass that's been able to grow with all the rain and moisture we've been having," Dunn said.

Kootenai Fire and Rescue stopped issuing burn permits, and the last day to burn is coming up fast. Division Chief Dan Ryan said the last day for opening burning will be sundown on July 22.

This includes Post Falls, Dalton Gardens and Spirit Lake. The Coeur d'Alene and Hauser Lake fire departments have already stopped issuing burn permits. Open burning is already closed for anyone living within the Northern Lakes and Timberlake fire departments.

However, small recreational fires are still allowed. People caught violating the burn ban could be cited and billed for the fire response.

If you have any questions you can contact your local fire department.