The Stevens County Fire Marshal has issued a ban on open burning in the unincorporated areas of Stevens County. The ban began on June 18th and will be in effect until further notice.
According to the Fire Marshal, the open burning ban does not prevent citizens from using backyard barbecues, chimneys or other patio/deck warmers as long as only approved fuel is used. Approved fuel includes seasoned, clean and dry firewood, briquettes or propane. Recreational fires are also permitted as long as they don't exceed 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height.
The disposal of vegetative waste in a recreational fire is prohibited. The use of approved campfires at designated parks and campgrounds is also allowed as determined by agencies with jurisdiction. All recreational fires must be attended.
Those caught violating the open burn ban and who refuse to take immediate action to extinguish or discontinue such burning when ordered will be declared guilty of a misdemeanor by the Stevens County Sheriff's Office, Fire Marshal and Prosecuting Attorney. The misdemeanor can be punishable by up to a $500 fine, 90 day imprisonment or both.