(PRESS RELEASE/Stevens County)
The Stevens County Commissioners, in conjunction with the county sheriff, have passed an ordinance that will mimic the State DNR burn bans. In previous years, the sheriff, acting as the county’s fire marshal, would implement a county-wide burn ban outside of what the DNR was doing. Now, when the DNR implements a burn ban, the county will automatically follow suit. Currently, the DNR allows for campfires in designated areas of state lands. This means that Stevens County allows recreational fires. When the DNR moves to ban campfires, then Stevens County will follow suit with recreational fires. Remember, however, fire danger is high in the southern half of Stevens County, meaning fires can start easily.