Burn Restrictions Enacted in Lewis County

By The Chronicle

Lewis County enacted burn restrictions on outdoor burning for all unincorporated areas in Lewis County effective today, Tuesday, July 18.

Lewis County Community Development Director Lee Napier and the county fire marshal determined current weather conditions within the county have created substantial fire dangers, according to a press release.

After review of the current and extended weather forecast, it was determined a restriction on outdoor burning is needed on all lands regulated by the county, except for recreational campfires in designated campgrounds or on private lands if built in a certain manner.

Campfires can be no greater than 3 feet in diameter and have a ring constructed of metal, stone or brick 8-inches above the surface with a 2 foot wide area cleared down to exposed soil surrounding the outside of the pit. The campfire must have an area of at least 10 feet around it cleared of flammable material and include a minimum 20-foot clearance from overhead flammable materials or fuels.

The campfire also must be attended at all times by a responsible person at least 16 years old with the ability to extinguish the fire with a shovel and a 5-gallon bucket of water, or with a connected and charged water hose.

Campfires must be completely extinguished by pouring water or moist soil on them, and must be stirred with a shovel until all parts are cool to the touch. The use of self-contained camp stoves is encouraged as an alternative, according to the release.