Asotin County Burn Ban in Effect
A burn ban is in effect in Asotin County. All types of fires and open burns in the incorporated areas of Asotin County area are now illegal.
Dry brush can result in an extreme fire hazard if there’s an open flame nearby, and that’s why the Asotin County Commissioners enacted an emergency burn ban effective immediately.
Asotin County Fire Chief Noel Hardin says conditions like these are present every year, but this burn ban is actually going into effect around a month later than it did last summer.
Recently, we’ve seen just how dry the area is with fires along Snake River at Nisqually John and another near the Coca Cola plant in Lewiston.
"With the way the fuels are dry right now, it doesn’t take long for a fire to double or triple really in minutes here in our area,” Chief Hardin said. “We still have a little bit of a green tinge out there in some areas, but it's still pretty extreme at this time."
Anyone who violates the burn ban will face a $200.00 penalty for the first violation. A second violation is $500.00 and a third offense is a fine of up to $1,000. A fourth violations is a fine of up to $10,000. County commissioners can also charge the cost of fire crew response or the cost of fire suppression.
However, campfires are permitted within designated fire pits at Chief Timothy Park, and with approved fire rings, and approved propane and charcoal barbeques.
The ban goes into effect immediately. There isn’t a date on when the ban will end but Chief Hardin said most years it goes until the end of September.