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Outdoor Burn Ban Declared for Indian Reservations in Idaho, Oregon and Washington

Release Date: 11/17/2005
Contact Information: Anne Dalrymple
(206) 553-6313

November 17, 2005

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 10 announced today a burn ban on all outdoor burning on Indian Reservations until further notice. The ban was declared due to deteriorating air quality conditions in conjunction with stagnant air conditions.

The burn ban applies to ALL outdoor and agricultural burning on the following Indian Reservations in Idaho, Oregon and Washington:

Burns Paiute; Chehalis; Coeur D’Alene; Colville; Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw; Coquille; Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Indians; Fort Hall; Grand Ronde; Hoh; Jamestown S’Klallam; Kalispel; Klamath; Kootenai; Lower Elwha; Lummi; Makah; Muckleshoot; Nisqually; Nooksack; Port Gamble; Port Madison; Puyallup; Quileute; Quinault; Sauk-Suiattle; Shoalwater Bay; Siletz; Skokomish; Spokane; Squaxin Island; Stillaguamish; Swinomish; Tulalip; Umatilla; Upper Skagit; Warm Springs; and Yakama

EPA also requests that you reduce all sources of air pollution, including excess driving and the use of woodstoves and fireplaces. 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 the young, the elderly and those with respiratory, cardiac or pulmonary diseases. Those at risk should avoid outdoor exercise and minimize exposure to outdoor pollution as much as possible.

Please call 1-800-424-4EPA and ask for the FARR Hotline or visit the Federal Air Rules for Reservations (FARR) website for the current burn status.

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