Burn ban is lifted

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources said last week that burning restrictions have been lowered on DNR-protected lands in Northeast Washington. In addition, the temporary closure to shooting in the area known locally as “Stonelodge,” or “Mile Marker 19” has been lifted.

The Stonelodge area is located west of Suncrest and off Highway 291.

As DNR resumes work on several projects delayed by the site’s closure, visitors should expect some temporary weekday closures when crews are working in the area.

DNR reminds shooters to follow the posted rules and that incendiary devices like exploding targets, sky lanterns and tracer ammunition are illegal on DNR-protected lands.

Restrictions were lifted because of increased moisture that has moved into the region this month.

Effective on Oct. 6, the fire danger rating has dropped to “moderate” ion Stevens County (inside Fire Districts 1-2), in Spokane, Lincoln and Okanogan counties.

Effective as of Oct. 7, the burning restrictions were lifted in all six counties of the DNR’s Northeast Region. This includes campfires, outdoor burn piles no larger than four-feet in diameter and outdoor burns with burn permits.

In 2016 so far, there have been 740 wildfire starts around the state and 91 percent of them (677 fires) have been caused by human activity.