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The WSDOT can face fines of $500 per day if the Camp Hope cooling tent stays; no quotes given yet | New

ByDebra J. Aguilar

Aug 2, 2022

SPOKANE, Wash. — Camp Hope organizers are clashing with the city of Spokane, this time over the massive cooling tent set up to provide protection from the heat, which organizers say isn’t going down.

The city says it must drop, but the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is not enforcing the city’s request at this time.

Organizers say without it there would be no way for the people of Camp Hope to protect themselves from the heat and the risk of heat-related illness and death is too great.

According to a press release issued by the city, the cooling tent raises a lot of safety issues, including a fire hazard, despite a step-by-step inspection by fire marshals. However, the camp and chill tent are on land owned by the WSDOT, and it is stated that the tent may remain-For now.

“We saw temperatures as high as 125 degrees inside the tent. It’s inhumane. These people need a place to be, and that’s what this refreshing tent is. His compassion at work,” said Maurice Smith, director of Camp Hope.

In their statement before the weekend, the city said it would begin fining the WSDOT $500 each day the tent is not taken down. However, a WSDOT spokesperson said Monday they had not yet been cited, and a city spokesperson told KHQ there was no update at this time.