Weather conditions merit county-side burn ban in Asotin County

CLARKSTON, WA - If you planned on having a campfire in your backyard sometime in the near future, you'll probably want to re-schedule.

The Asotin County Fire Marshal has put a county-wide burn ban into place. The valley has been experiencing warm and very dry weather which has created extreme fire hazard conditions. County Fire Marshal Karst Riggers said the air quality is pretty bad too. That's why he suggested a burn-ban to the County Commissioners Monday and they approved.

Campfires are only allowed in certain areas at Chief Timothy Park. You can use propane and charcoal barbecues and approved propane fire rings to cook outdoors. Anyone who violates the burn ban could face fines from $50 to $10,000. This burn ban will continue until weather conditions change.