Open burning ban in county

By order of the Stevens County Fire Marshal, open burning has been ordered discontinued in the unincorporated areas of Stevens County until further notice. The ban was effective June 28.

Open burning is defined as any fire other than those permitted below:

The order is not intended to preclude the use of backyard barbecues, chimneys or other patio-deck warmers, as long as only approved fuel is used, seasoned (clean and dry) firewood is used; briquettes or propane.

Recreational fires not exceeding three feet in diameter and two feet in height are also permitted.

Disposal of vegetative waste in a recreational fire is prohibited.

Approved campfires at designated places in parks and campgrounds are also allowed as determined by agencies with jurisdiction, according to Stevens County Sheriff and Fire Marshal, Kendle Allen.

All recreational fires must be attended.

Violations of this order will be investigated and prosecuted by the Stevens County Sheriff’s Office, the Stevens County Fire Marshal and the Stevens County Prosecuting Attorney’s office.

“Any person conducting open burning who fails to take immediate action to extinguish or otherwise discontinue such burning when ordered or notified to do so is guilty of a misdemeanor,” Sheriff Allen said.

A violation of this order is a misdemeanor and punishable by a fine of not more than $500 or imprisonment for not more than 90 days (or both).