Category Archives: Tribal Lands

Burn Ban Lifted for Yakama Nation Reservation

(Seattle—January 26, 2016)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is lifting its ban of outdoor burning on the Yakama Nation Indian Reservation due to improved air quality, effective at noon on January 26, 2016.

 EPA Region 10 Tribal Air Team and the Yakama Nation Air Quality Section thank reservation residents and businesses for their assistance in protecting and maintaining good air quality.  Everyone deserves to breathe clean air.

 For current burn ban status at any time, please visit http://yosemite.epa.gov/R10/tribal.nsf/programs/farr-burn-bans, https://waburnbans.net/, or contact EPA at 1-800-424-4372.  Our email is R10_farrhotline@epa.gov.

 

EPA lifts bans for reservations in Snohomish and Pierce Counties

EPA Lifts Burn Bans for Indian Reservations in Snohomish and Pierce Counties as of January 11th

(Seattle – January 11, 2016) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is lifting its  ban on open burning on the Tulalip, Stillaguamish, Sauk-Suiattle and Puyallup Indian Reservations in Snohomish and Pierce Counties due to improved air quality, effective at 8:00 a.m. on January 11, 2016.

An earlier burn ban remains in effect for the Yakama Nation Reservation in Eastern Washington due to forecasted continuation of adverse weather conditions. 

EPA thanks reservation residents for their cooperation in protecting and maintaining good air quality.

For current burn ban status, please visit: https://waburnbans.net/ or contact EPA at 1-800-424-4372 or by email to R10_farrhotline@epa.gov.

Find more information online at: http://yosemite.epa.gov/R10/tribal.nsf/programs/farr-burn-bans.

EPA continues burn ban for Yakama Nation Reservation

EPA Continues Outdoor Burn Ban for the Yakama Nation
(Seattle –January 8, 2016) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is continuing a ban on all outdoor open burning on the Yakama Nation Reservation due to persisting stagnant air conditions and air pollution in the unhealthy to very unhealthy range.  This ban continues until further notice.
The burn ban applies to all outdoor and agricultural burning—including camping and recreational fires—in all areas, regardless of ownership or tribal membership, within external reservation boundaries. Ceremonial and traditional fires are exempt from the burn ban. For areas outside reservation boundaries, please contact your local clean air agency or fire department.

EPA requests that reservation residents reduce all sources of air pollution as much as possible, including excess driving and idling of vehicles, and the use of woodstoves and fireplaces unless they are the only adequate source of heat.

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, or heart problems. Those 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.

For current burn ban status, please visit: https://waburnbans.net/, contact EPA at 1-800-424-4372 or by email at R10_farrhotline@epa.gov.

Find more information online at: http://yosemite.epa.gov/R10/tribal.nsf/programs/farr-burn-bans.

EPA calls burn bans for reservations in Snohomish and Pierce Counties

EPA Declares Outdoor Burn Ban for Indian Reservations in Snohomish and Pierce Counties

(Seattle –January 8, 2016) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is declaring a ban on all outdoor open burning on the Tulalip, Stillaguamish, Sauk-Suiattle and Puyallup Indian Reservations due to stagnant air conditions and elevated air pollution. These conditions are expected to last at least through the weekend.  This ban is effective noon today, January 8, 2016, until further notice.

The burn ban applies to all outdoor and agricultural burning—including camping and recreational fires—in all areas, regardless of ownership or tribal membership, within external reservation boundaries. Ceremonial and traditional fires are exempt from the burn ban.  For areas outside reservation boundaries, please contact your local clean air agency or fire department.

EPA requests that reservation residents reduce all sources of air pollution as much as possible, including excess driving and idling of vehicles, and the use of woodstoves and fireplaces unless they are the only adequate source of heat.

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, or heart problems. Those 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.

For current burn ban status, please visit: https://waburnbans.net/, contact EPA at 1-800-424-4372 or by email at R10_farrhotline@epa.gov.

Find more information online at: http://yosemite.epa.gov/R10/tribal.nsf/programs/farr-burn-bans.