DNR closes portion of Stevens County to shooting

Staff Writer

Due to high fire danger, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), working with Stevens County, has temporarily closed a portion of state land near Suncrest to shooting.
Closure of the state parcel, known locally as “Stonelodge” or “Mile Marker 19,” to shooting coincided with the Industrial Fire Precaution Level increase to high in that area on July 11. The land is located off State Highway 291 west of Suncrest.
“We understand this is a popular place for target shooting and will inconvenience those who use the site,” said Bob McKellar, assistant region manager for state lands in DNR’s Northeast Region. “It’s really hot and dry right now. The risk of target shooting triggering a wildfire presents too high of a threat to public safety in the current fire conditions. We can’t risk the danger of shots sparking a fire.”
In 2018 so far, DNR has responded to 649 wildfires, 80 percent of those were human caused.
Violators of the shooting closure could be subject to fines. DNR may re-open the parcel to target shooting as conditions allow.