EPA Issues Outdoor Burn Ban for Yakama Nation
(Seattle – August 14, 2018) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 10 has called a burn ban on all outdoor open burning on the Yakama Reservation due to stagnant air conditions and elevated air pollution, until further notice.
The burn ban applies to all outdoor and agricultural burning—including camping and recreational fires—in all areas within external reservation boundaries regardless of ownership or tribal membership. Ceremonial and traditional fires are exempt from the burn ban. For areas outside reservation boundaries, please contact your local clean air agency, fire department, or the Washington State Department of Ecology.
EPA requests that reservation residents reduce all sources of air pollution as much as possible, including excess driving and idling of vehicles.
Air pollution can have significant health impacts. Cooperation from the community will help people who are most at risk during this period, including children, the elderly, pregnant women, people with asthma or difficulty breathing, diabetes, heart problems or otherwise compromised health. These sensitive groups should avoid outdoor exercise and minimize exposure to outdoor pollution as much as possible. Under the most severe pollution levels all residents should restrict their activities.
To check conditions in your area, go to http://www.airnow.gov/ .
Find more information online, go to https://www.epa.gov/farr