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Fire danger closes Suncrest-area shooting land

Scott Sutter hits a clay target while skeet shooting on Saturday, Dec. 30 2017. The Bureau of Land Management has banned target shooting in Eastern Washington due to high-fire danger, according to a news release. (Eli Francovich / The Spokesman-Review)
Scott Sutter hits a clay target while skeet shooting on Saturday, Dec. 30 2017. The Bureau of Land Management has banned target shooting in Eastern Washington due to high-fire danger, according to a news release. (Eli Francovich / The Spokesman-Review)

Due to high fire danger, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, working with Stevens County, has temporarily closed a portion of state land to shooting.

Closure of the state parcel, known locally as “Stonelodge” or “Mile Marker 19,” to shooting coincided with a fire precaution increase to high in that area Wednesday. This land is located off Highway 291 west of Suncrest, Wash., according to a DNR news release.

Violators of the shooting closure could be subject to fines. DNR may re-open the parcel to target shooting as conditions allow.

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