Burn Bans on Indian Reservations in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington
For questions or to report complaints about air quality on Indian reservations in Idaho, Oregon, or Washington, contact the FARR Hotline at:
M-F, 8am-4:30pm (Pacific)
EPA lifts burn ban for Yakama and Colville Reservation
(Seattle – Jan 28, 2014) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is lifting a burn ban for the Yakama Reservation and the area of the Colville Reservation that is in Okanogan County. This was the only area of the Reservation that was under a burn ban.
About burn bans
EPA burn bans apply to all outdoor and agricultural burning, including camping and recreational fires within reservation boundaries. Ceremonial and traditional fires are exempt from the outdoor burn ban.
EPA requests that reservation residents reduce all sources of air pollution, including excess driving and idling of vehicles, and the use of woodstoves and fireplaces unless it is your only source of heat.
Air pollution can have significant health impacts. Cooperation from the community will help people who are at risk during this period. Those most at risk are children, the elderly, pregnant women and those with difficulty breathing and with heart and lung problems. Those at risk should avoid outdoor exercise and minimize exposure to outdoor pollution as much as possible.
To receive burn ban announcements by email, please contact Gary Olson (firstname.lastname@example.org) at (206) 553-0997.
Also check with your local fire department or appropriate tribal agency for any local burning requirements. The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Coeur d'Alene, Nez Perce, and Quinault Tribes have delegation to call their own burn bans. If you live on one of these reservations, please check with the tribe before burning:
- If you live on the Coeur d'Alene Indian Reservation, check the Coeur d'Alene Tribe Smoke Management website or call 1-800-345-1007 to find out whether burning is allowed.
- If you live on the Nez Perce Indian Reservation, check the Nez Perce Air Quality website or call 1-800- 720-4089 to find out whether burning is allowed. You must have a Nez Perce Reservation Burn Permit (issued for EPA by the Nez Perce Tribe) in order to conduct burning on the Nez Perce Reservation.
- If you live on the Quinault Indian Reservation, call (360) 276-8211, extension 484, to find out whether burning is allowed.
- If you live on the Umatilla Indian Reservation, check with the CTUIR Office of Air Quality at (541) 966-2477 to find out whether burning is allowed. You must have an Umatilla Reservation Burn Permit (issued for EPA by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation) in order to conduct burning on the Umatilla Reservation.
If you live outside of an Indian reservation, please contact your state or local air quality agency for more information about burn bans in your area:
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