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Outdoor Burn Ban Declared for Select Pacific Northwest Indian Reservations

Release Date: 12/9/2005
Contact Information: Bill Puckett
(206) 553-1702

December 9, 2005

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 10 announced today a burn ban on all outdoor burning on several 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, including camping and recreational fires within reservation boundaries. Ceremonial and traditional fires are exempt from the outdoor burn ban.

The burn ban applies to the following Indian Reservations:

Coeur D'Alene
Fort Hall
Squaxin Island
Yakama (Ban Declared on Dec. 6th)

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.

NOTES TO MEDIA: Please repeat this message throughout your broadcasting day and weather portions of your newscast.

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