Category Archives: Tribal Lands

EPA Lifts Burn Ban for the Yakama Reservation, January 23, 2013

(Seattle, Wash. – January 23, 2013)    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 10 lifts the burn ban on all outdoor burning on the Yakama Reservation.  Conditions have improved, however, there could be periods of stagnant air over the next couple of days which could impact air quality.   It is always advisable to limit your outdoor burning during these times..

Please call 1-800-424-4EPA and ask for the FARR Hotline or visit the Federal Air Rules for Reservations (FARR) website for the current burn status atwww.epa.gov/r10earth/FARR.htm

Gary Olson, 206-553-0977, olson.gary@epa.gov
Keith Rose, 206-553-1949, rose.keith@epa.gov

EPA Continues Burn Ban for the Yakama Reservation and Lifts the Burn Ban for Reservations West of the Cascades

(Seattle, Wash. – January 22, 2013) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 10 will continue a burn ban on all outdoor burning for the Yakama Reservation. The Burn Ban which has been in place for the following reservations will be lifted.

Chehalis
Stillaguamish
Tulalip
Puyallup
Nisqually
Muckleshoot

The burn ban on the Yakama Reservation will be reviewed on Wednesday, January 23.
The burn ban applies to all outdoor and agricultural burning, including camping and recreational fires within reservation boundaries. Ceremonial and traditional fires are exempt from the outdoor burn ban.

EPA also requests that reservation residents reduce all sources of air pollution, including excess driving and idling of vehicles, and the use of woodstoves and fireplaces, unless it is your only source of heat.

Air pollution can have significant health impacts. Cooperation from the community will help people who are at risk during this period. Those most at risk are children, the elderly, pregnant women and those with difficulty breathing and with heart and lung problems. Those at risk should avoid outdoor exercise and minimize exposure to outdoor pollution as much as possible.

Please call 1-800-424-4EPA and ask for the FARR Hotline or visit the Federal Air Rules for Reservations (FARR) website for the current burn status at www.epa.gov/r10earth/FARR.htm.