Category Archives: Tribal Lands

DNR Bans all Recreational Fires and BBQs on state-protected lands — including State Parks

With the arrival this week of the most dangerous fire weather of the year, Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark is expanding the statewide burn ban effective noon today, Aug. 17 to prohibit all campfires on DNR-protected lands through Sept. 30, 2016.

“After a relatively mild summer, we are entering a period of critical fire weather on both sides of the Cascades,” said Goldmark. “The greatest fire danger right now comes from carelessness. It’s essential that people understand the risks involved and do not spark any fires.”

Goldmark sees special wildfire risk over the coming days throughout the state, as high-pressure weather patterns will keep away the marine moisture that normally limits the spread of wildfire. The ability of Washington’s forests and grasslands to resist wildfire remains weakened after last year’s record drought.

The statewide burn ban applies to state forests, state parks and forestlands protected by DNR firefighters. It prohibits all outdoor burning, including campfires in fire pits and the use of charcoal briquettes. Liquid gas or propane camp stoves that do not use solid briquettes and have on/off controls are permitted.

The statewide ban does not include federally-owned lands such as national forests, national parks, national wildlife refuges or other areas administered by federal agencies.

This fire season to date, there have been 527 fires on 3,372 acres. By comparison, at this point in 2015, there had been 803 fires burning 319,551 acres. In 2014 by this date, there were 590 fires burning 190,742 acres.

In 2015, a record drought, low snowpack and weeks of hot, dry weather brought Washington’s worst-ever wildfire season, burning more than a million acres across the state.

“Our fire crews have been effective so far this season in keeping fires small and getting them out quickly,” said Goldmark. “I ask all Washingtonians to give them a hand by being careful and responsible when working or playing on our iconic landscapes.”

DNR’s wildfire mission

Administered by Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, DNR is the state’s largest on-call fire department, responsible for preventing and fighting wildfires on 13 million acres of private, state, and tribal-owned forestlands in Washington. During fire season, DNR’s wildfire force includes more than 1,300 trained employees. DNR also participates in Washington’s coordinated interagency approach to firefighting.


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,, or contact EPA at 1-800-424-4372.  Our email is


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: or contact EPA at 1-800-424-4372 or by email to

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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.

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