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County declares drought emergency, burn ban

By Staff | Jul 21, 2017

As of last week, Pierce County is in a drought emergency.

Pierce County has also put a burn ban in place.

In a special meeting last Thursday, the Board of County Commissioners voted to approve two declarations, one for a burn ban/fire emergency and one for a drought emergency.

Both declarations come as a result of abnormally dry conditions in the area.

The burn ban comes into play when the statewide fire danger index ranges from high to extreme and/or if a red flag warning has been issued for the county until further notice. Persons violating the conditions of the ban could face Class B misdemeanor charges punishable by up to 30 days in jail and up to $1,500 in fines.

Other actions

The board approved a conditional use permit for Border States Paving for a temporary asphalt mixing plant.

– Tribune Staff Report

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