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Burn Bans on Indian Reservations in ID, OR, and WA

Burn Ban Alert

(Dec. 14, 2017) - EPA has lifted a burn ban on all outdoor open burning on the Puyallup Reservation.

Earlier burn bans for the Yakama Reservation and Tulalip Reservation remain in effect.

The EPA has authority under the FARR to issue temporary bans on certain types of outdoor burning on reservations in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

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Current Burn Ban Status

(December 14, 2017) - Thanks to improved air quality in the area, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has officially lifted its ban on open burning for the Puyallup Reservation.  The ban was lifted effective (12:00 PM, December, 14, 2017).  EPA thanks reservation residents for their cooperation in protecting and maintaining good air quality.  

EPA has called for burn bans on all outdoor open burning for the following reservations due to stagnant air conditions and elevated air pollution:

  • Tulalip Reservation (in effect as of Dec. 8).
  • Yakama Reservation (in effect as of Dec. 5).

Before burning, see also delegated and tribal burn bans.

See about EPA burn bans below for more information about what types of burning are restricted, potential health impacts , and other local burning requirements.

For questions, or to receive EPA burn ban announcements by email, contact the FARR Hotline (r10_farrhotline@epa.gov) or 1-800-424-4372.

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How do temperature inversions affect air quality?

Diagram showing how temperature inversions during winter can impact outdoor air quality.

About EPA Burn Bans

When an EPA burn ban is in place, it applies to all outdoor and agricultural burning - including camping and recreational fires - in all areas within the external reservation boundaries regardless of ownership or tribal membership. See exemptions below.

We also request 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 adequate 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.

Also check with your local fire department or appropriate tribal agency for any local burning requirements. The Coeur d'Alene, Colville, Nez Perce, Quinault, Swinomish, and Umatilla Tribes have delegation or their own authority to call their own burn bans (see delegated and tribal burn bans).

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What Types of Burning are Exempt?

Ceremonial and traditional fires are exempt from outdoor burn bans called by EPA.

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Delegated and Tribal Burn Bans

If you live on one of the following reservations, you should also check with the tribe before burning:

Coeur d'Alene Indian Reservation

Colville Indian Reservation

  • Contact Kris Ray, Air Quality Program, at 509-634-2418.

Nez Perce Indian Reservation

Quinault Indian Reservation

  • Call 360-276-8215 to find out whether burning is allowed.

Swinomish Indian Reservation

  • Check with the Swinomish air quality program Exit or call the Swinomish Burn Hotline at 360-466-2722. Fires greater than four feet in diameter require a burn permit from the Planning Office.

Umatilla Indian Reservation

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State and Local Burn Bans

If you live outside of an Indian reservation, contact your state or local air quality agency for more information about burn bans in your area.

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Idaho burn bans

Oregon burn bans

Washington burn bans

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