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EPA Declares Outdoor Burn Ban for Yakama Reservation – March 7, 2019

EPA Declares Outdoor Burn Ban for Yakama Reservation

(Seattle – Thursday March 7, 2019) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 10, in coordination with the Confederated Tribes of the Yakama Nation (Yakama Nation) has called for 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 and the Yakama Nation requests that reservation residents reduce all sources of air pollution as much as possible, including driving and idling of vehicles.

Air pollution can harm your health and can have lasting effects. Community cooperation with the ban will help people who are most at risk, 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.

The burn ban is effective immediately. This burn ban may be downgraded or removed depending on air quality and weather conditions. Please check our website for the latest information:

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To check conditions in your area, go to .

For current burn ban status, please visit, the tribal air quality office at (509) 865-5121 Ext. 6078 or 1-509-945-6675, or the EPA at 1-800-424-4372, email to

Find more information online, go to


NWCAA cancels air quality burn ban for Columbia Valley in Whatcom County

Jan. 16, 2019

KENDALL – As of 9 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 16), the Northwest Clean Air Agency will cancel a Stage 2 air quality burn ban in the Columbia Valley urban growth area in the Kendall area of Whatcom County.

NWCAA urges residents to limit burning as much as possible to avoid another burn ban in the near future.

Burn bans are based on weather forecasts and current air pollution from small particles. They are called when air quality is predicted to be worse than the national health-based standard for at least 24 hours.

Fine particles in wood smoke are harmful because they can be inhaled deeply into lungs and damage delicate tissues. Smoke pollution can trigger asthma attacks, cause difficulty breathing, and make lung and heart problems worse. Air pollution is especially harmful to children, people with heart and lung problems, and adults age 65 and older.

Check or NWCAA’s website ( for up-to-date burn ban information.

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The Northwest Clean Air Agency is responsible for enforcing federal, state and local air quality regulations in Island, Skagit, and Whatcom counties. In addition to permitting and regulating industrial sources of air pollution, the agency provides services and information related to asbestos, indoor air quality, outdoor burning, woodstoves, and fireplaces. More information about the agency is available at



Burn Ban Lifted for Greater Pierce County

The burn ban for Greater Pierce County has been lifted, effective 12 PM today, January 16, 2019. There are no air quality burn bans currently in effect in the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency jurisdiction.

Winds will be picking up this afternoon and pollution levels have returned to MODERATE, so we are lifting the burn ban today. Looking ahead, we expect clouds and rain, and GOOD air quality for the rest of the week and into the weekend.

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency would like to thank everyone who switched to alternative sources of heat instead of burning wood during these bans. Children, the elderly, and people with chronic respiratory health issues especially benefit from your efforts.

Visit to view the current burn ban status, download our mobile app or sign up for alerts, and to learn more about burn bans.

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The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is an air quality management agency serving King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties. Created as a result of the 1967 Washington Clean Air Act, the agency protects public health by adopting and enforcing air quality regulations, educating individuals and businesses about clean-air choices and sponsoring voluntary initiatives to improve air quality.

The Agency fully complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and does not discriminate based on race, color, sex, or national origin in its programs and activities. In addition, the Agency also assures non-discrimination on the basis of creed, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital, or veteran status. For more information, or to submit a title VI Complaint, go to or call (206) 343-8800.