Stevens County Total Burn Ban – Effective 08/08/2017

By order of the Stevens County Fire Marshal, and pursuant to Resolution 47-2008, adopted in regular session of the Board of County Commissioners on June 30, 2008,

 

OPEN BURNING is hereby ordered discontinued in the unincorporated areas of Stevens County  to include recreational fires until further notice effective August 8th, 2017, unless this order is otherwise lifted or permitted by law or authorized agencies.  Open burning is any fire other than those permitted below:

 

This order is not intended to preclude the use of backyard barbecues for the purpose of food preparation only.  A water source must be readily available within 25 feet.

 

Violations of this order shall be investigated and prosecuted by the Stevens County Sheriff’s Office/Stevens County Fire Marshal, and the Stevens County Prosecuting Attorney pursuant to the provisions of IFC Section 109, or other applicable state law.  Any person(s) conducting open burning who fails to take immediate action to extinguish or otherwise discontinue such burning when ordered or notified to do so shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

 

A violation of this order is a misdemeanor and shall be punishable upon conviction by a fine of not more than $500 or imprisonment for not more than 90 days, or both.  (Stevens County Building Code Ordinance 02-1984 Section 7).



Fire Danger – Very High 07/28/2017

Posted on: August 4, 2017

The fire danger rating for Stevens County is very high. Effective at 12:01 a.m. July 14 2017, all burning on DNR jurisdiction is prohibited. This includes rule burning and permit burning. Campfires are allowed in approved designated campgrounds only. Individual campgrounds may prohibit campfires. Always check with the camp host before lighting a campfire. Fireworks, incendiary devices such as exploding targets, sky lanterns or tracer ammunition are illegal on all DNR Protected lands. This message will remain in effect until further notice

DNR Burn Ban Fact Sheet

VERY HIGH – Fires start very easily and spread at a very fast rate. Fires start easily from all causes, spread rapidly and intensify quickly. Spot fires are a constant danger. Fires burning in heavy fuels may quickly develop high-intensity characteristics, such as long-distance spotting and fire whirlwinds. Direct attack at the head of such fires is rarely possible after they have been burning more than a few minutes.

EXTREME – The fire situation is explosive and can result in extensive property damage. Fires under extreme conditions start quickly, spread furiously, and burn intensely. All fires are potentially serious. Development into high-intensity burning will usually be faster and occur from smaller fires than in the very high danger class. Direct attack is rarely possible, and may be dangerous, except immediately after ignition. Fires burning in heavy slash or in conifer stands may be unmanageable while the extreme burning condition lasts. Under these conditions, the only effective and safe control action is on the flanks until the weather changes or the fuel supply lessens.