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Outdoor Burn Ban Declared for Western Washington Tribal Reservations Starting January 1

Release Date: 12/31/2015
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(Seattle – December 31, 2015) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is declaring a ban on all outdoor open burning on the following Indian reservations in Washington State due to stagnant air conditions and elevated air pollution, effective at 8:00 a.m. on January 1, 2016. The burn bans will continue until revised or canceled.

Reservations of the following tribes are affected:

    Chehalis Tribe
    Lummi Nation
    Muckleshoot Indian Tribe
    Nisqually Indian Tribe
    Nooksack Indian Tribe
    Port Gamble Indian Community
    Puyallup Tribe of Indians
    Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe
    Skokomish Indian Tribe
    Squaxin Island Tribe
    Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians
    Suquamish Tribe
    Tulalip Tribes
    Upper Skagit Indian Tribe

The burn ban applies to all outdoor and agricultural burning, including camping and recreational fires, in all areas, regardless of ownership or tribal membership, within external reservation boundaries. Ceremonial and traditional fires are exempt from the burn ban. For areas outside reservation boundaries, please contact your local clean air agency, fire department, or the Washington State Department of Ecology.

EPA requests that reservation residents reduce all sources of air pollution as much as possible, including excess driving and idling of vehicles, and the use of woodstoves and fireplaces, unless they are the only adequate source of heat.

Air pollution can have significant health impacts. Cooperation from the community will help people who are most at risk during this period, including children, the elderly, pregnant women, and people with asthma or difficulty breathing, diabetes, or heart problems. Those sensitive groups should avoid outdoor exercise and minimize exposure to outdoor pollution as much as possible. Under the most severe pollution levels all residents should restrict their activities.

An earlier burn ban remains in effect for the Yakama Nation Reservation in Eastern Washington.

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For current burn ban status, please visit: or contact EPA at 1-800-424-4372 or by email to

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