Category Archives: Tribal Lands

EPA Burn Bans in place for Spokane and Yakima Reservations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is lifting the burn ban for the following Indian Reservations listed below due to improving air conditions and lower air quality monitor readings. The burn bans for the Spokane and Yakama Reservations will continue until further notice.

Reservations on the West Side of the Cascades:
Stillaquamish Reservation
Muckleshoot Reservation
Nisqually Reservation
Chehalis Reservation
Tulalip Reservation
Puyallup Reservation

Reservations on the East Side of the Cascades:
Colville Reservation

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.

About burn bans
EPA burn bans apply 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 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.

Contact:

Gary Olson (olson.gary@epa.gov), 206-553-0977
Steve Scott (scott.steve@epa.gov), 206-553-0962

To receive burn ban announcements by email, please contact Gary Olson (olson.gary@epa.gov) at (206) 553-0997.

 

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