(STAFF REPORTS/Chewelah Independent)
80 percent of fires in Stevens County caused by humans for 2018…
The data for the 2018 Stevens County fire season shows a majority of fires started were human-caused. In a post by Stevens County Fire District 1, the statistics showed that 133 fires were started by humans, whereas there were about 35 lighting-sparked fires.
Lighting-caused fires caused 5,628 acres to burn, while human fires caused 4,985 acres to burn.
“As suspected, lightning caused fires burn more acreage, probably due to their remote locations and deeper into forested areas,” Stevens County Fire District 1’s Facebook page said. “Human caused fires tend to be smaller and reported more quickly. Also, State lands are generally more accessible and used more frequently.”
In all there were 168 fires reported by the DNR in Stevens County for the year of 2018. Those fires burned 10,611 acres and 80 percent of those fires were human-caused.
In Stevens County Fire District 1, just 22.5 acres burned in the southern Stevens County district for 2018.