By OutdoorNW staff
Due to current wildfire conditions, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Spokane District has extended its fire restrictions on public lands. On Saturday, Aug. 7, the temporary ban was renewed in the following counties: Adams, Asotin, Benton, Chelan, Columbia, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Walla Walla, Whitman and Yakima. According to the BLM, fire restrictions and closures are one of the most effective tools that land management agencies can use to reduce the risk of human-caused wildfires during periods of high or extreme fire danger. A press release from the Spokane District Office said the restrictions will remain in effect until fire conditions change. Fire statistics from the Department of Natural Resources reported 217,240 acres burned on the east side of Washington so far this summer. The fire ban prohibits campfires and stove fires as well as charcoal briquette fire. Liquefied and bottled gas stoves and heaters are permitted within a barren area at least 10 feet in diameter, the press release states. Do not leave a fire without extinguishing it. According to the release, the agency is encouraging target shooters to visit local private and public target range facilities during this time. Additionally, fireworks and exploding targets are prohibited year-round on federal lands. The mandate also bans smoking while traveling in timber, brush or grass areas. Smoking is permitted in vehicles on roads or cleared areas at least 3 feet in diameter, the order states. Lastly, all types of motorized vehicle are prohibited from operating off developed roadways. Parking vehicles off roadways must be done in an area barren of flammable materials, the release said. Any person who knowingly and willfully violates these regulations, upon conviction, will be subject to a fine and/or imprisonment. The fire restriction order can be found online athttps://www.blm.gov/orwafire
. The BLM manages approximately 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states. The bureau also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.