Continued Burn Ban for Yakama Reservation
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will continue a burn ban for all outdoor burning on the Yakama Reservation through Monday, August 5 until 12:00pm due to the impact of smoke from wildfires.
At this point, the smoke has caused monitor readings to approach and at times exceed unhealthy levels.
Weather patterns and expectations for control of these wildfires indicate that conditions will remain similar through the weekend.
The EPA will reevaluate the situation on Monday, August 5.
For further information on wildfires in Washington State, visit the Washington Smoke Blog at http://wasmoke.blogspot.com/
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 agency 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.
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 at www.epa.gov/r10earth/FARR.htm.