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EPA Declares Outdoor Burn Ban for Yakama Reservation

(Seattle –Wednesday November 28, 2018) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 10 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 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: https://www.epa.gov/farr

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To check conditions in your area, go to http://www.airnow.gov/ .

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

Find more information online, go to https://www.epa.gov/farr

Burn ban expires for Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas and Okanogan counties

A Stage 1 burn ban in Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas and Okanogan counties expires at 4 p.m., Monday, Nov 26, 2018, according to the Washington Department of Ecology.

Stage 1 burn ban ends 10 a.m. Thursday for Klickitat, Ferry, Pend Oreille & Stevens counties

The Washington Department of Ecology is lifting burn bans in Klickitat, Ferry, Pend Oreille and Stevens counties beginning at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov 22, because air quality has improved in these areas.

However, stagnant conditions and poor air quality persist in Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas and Okanogan counties, where restrictions on outdoor burning and the use of uncertified stoves and fireplaces remain in place until further notice.

Air monitoring in these north central Washington counties shows elevated levels of pollution. Lack of good ventilation means smoke won’t clear out, putting communities are at risk of being exposed to unhealthy levels of air pollution. Inhaling fine particles from wood smoke can cause heart and breathing problems.

Under a Stage 1 ban, all outdoor burning is prohibited, including residential, agricultural and forest burning. Use of uncertified wood stoves, fireplaces, inserts, and other uncertified wood-burning devices is prohibited unless they are a home’s only adequate source of heat. Cleaner burning certified wood stoves, pellet stoves and other certified wood-burning devices are allowed.

Call 866-211-6284 if you think someone is illegally burning or you are impacted by smoke.

Up-to-date burn ban information is available at www.waburnbans.net.

Ecology’s burn bans do not apply on tribal reservations, where the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has jurisdiction. Call 800-424-4372 for tribal burn ban information or visit EPA’s Washington Burn Ban page on their website.

Stage 1 burn ban to begin Sunday (Nov. 18) in Ferry, Pend Oreille and Stevens counties

A ban on outdoor burning and the use of uncertified stoves and fireplaces begins 10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 in Ferry, Pend Oreille and Stevens counties due to poor air quality in the region. Restrictions on burning will continue until further notice.

The Washington Department of Ecology is calling the ban because stagnant conditions are predicted over these counties for several days, putting the communities at risk for unhealthy levels of air pollution. Monitoring sites are showing elevated levels of air pollutants. Inhaling fine particles from wood smoke can cause heart and breathing problems.
Under a Stage 1 ban, all outdoor burning is prohibited, including residential, agricultural and forest burning. Use of uncertified wood stoves, fireplaces, inserts, and other uncertified wood-burning devices is prohibited unless they are a home’s only adequate source of heat. Cleaner burning certified wood stoves, pellet stoves and other certified wood-burning devices are allowed.

Call 866-211-6284 if you think someone is illegally burning or you are impacted by smoke.

Up-to-date burn ban information is available at www.waburnbans.net.

Ecology’s burn bans do not apply on tribal reservations, where the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has jurisdiction. Call 800-424-4372 for tribal burn ban information or visit EPA’s Washington Burn Ban page on their website.