Cascade County lifts fire restrictions
Updated 10:30 a.m. Dec. 29
Cascade County has rescinded Stage 1 fire restrictions as of Dec. 28.
The restrictions were put in place on Dec. 3 after a fire destroyed more than a dozen homes in the Gibson Flats area on Dec. 1, plus high winds, low moisture and high temperatures that were continuing earlier in the month.
According to a resolution signed on Dec. 28 by Commissioner Joe Briggs, “fire conditions have now changed substantially and the majority of our partner agencies and rural fire chiefs concur that the Stage 1 fire restrictions are no longer warranted.”
The resolution states that the three commissioners agree the emergency restrictions were no longer needed and the commission “has been advised that the burn permit process is available to mitigate weather and wind conditions as may be warranted.”
The city also enacted their own Stage 1 fire restrictions earlier this month and lifted them on Dec. 29.
Three people have been arrested and charged with arson in connection to the Dec. 1 fire. They are all scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 30.