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Training Fires on Indian Reservations

Burn Bans

Burn ban information for Indian Reservations in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington

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The Federal Air Rules for Reservations (FARR) Open Burning Rule allows Fire Protection Services to request permission from EPA to conduct an outdoor burn by qualified personnel to train firefighters on fire suppression and fire fighting techniques.

How to request permission to conduct a training fire
  1. Be sure to notify any appropriate Tribal air pollution authorities and obtain permissions or approvals required by the Tribe or any other governments with applicable laws and ordinances.
  2. Send a written request to EPA via mail, fax, or email:

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Asbestos notification

Before igniting any structure, the fire protection service must ensure that the structure does not contain asbestos or asbestos-containing materials. The asbestos National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) regulations apply to single family homes to be burned for training purposes. Refer to our asbestos in demolition and renovation page for guidance and contact information. Note that you must submit notification to EPA at least 10 working days prior to the burn.

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Hazardous materials

Before igniting any structure, the fire protection service must ensure that the structure does not contain:

Training fires are not allowed to smolder after the training session has terminated.

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Burn bans

Before igniting any fire, you should determine whether there are any burn bans in place (for air quality or fire safety). You should document that air quality conditions are conducive to an outdoor burn and that steps are taken to protect the public and sensitive populations (such as schools, hospitals and elder homes) from smoke impacts.

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Notify EPA before and after your training fire

Please contact the FARR Hotline ( at 1-800-424-4372 before you conduct the burning so we will have the opportunity to send an inspector to observe the burn and can respond appropriately to any questions from the public. Also please let us know when the training fire is completed and whether there were any noted impacts from smoke to local areas.

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