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EPA Calls for Burn Ban for Indian Reservations in Washington

The ban on all outdoor burning was in effect starting Monday, Jan. 14 due to continuing stagnant air conditions.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 10 has called a burn ban on all outdoor burning starting Monday, January 14, 2013 on the following reservations due to stagnant air conditions and elevated monitor readings as a high pressure system settles in the region. This burn ban will be in place until further notice.

The burn ban will be in effect for the following reservations:

  • Chehalis Reservation, Washington
  • Muckleshoot Reservation, Washington
  • Nisqually Reservation, Washington
  • Puyallup Reservation, Washington
  • Stillaguamish Reservation, Washington
  • Tulalip Reservation, Washington

When an EPA burn ban is in place it 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.

EPA also requests that reservation residents reduce all sources of air pollution, uncluding excess driving and idling of vehicles, and the use of woodstoves and fireplaces, unless it is your only source of heat.

Click here to read the full EPA announcement.

Over the weekend, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency also issued Stated 2 burn bans for Pierce, King and Snohomish counties.

During a Stage 2 burn ban:

  • No burning is allowed in ANY wood-burning fireplaces, wood stoves or fireplace inserts (certified or uncertified) or pellet stoves. Residents should rely instead on their home’s other, cleaner source of heat (such as their furnace or electric baseboard heaters) for a few days until air quality improves, the public health risk diminishes and the ban is cancelled. The only exception is if a wood stove is a home’s only adequate source of heat.
  • No outdoor fires are allowed. This includes recreational fires such as bonfires, campfires and the use of fire pits and chimineas.
  • Burn ban violations are subject to a $1,000 penalty.

All burn bans were in place until further notice.

exoticdoc2 January 15, 2013 at 06:05 AM
If they want us to curb burning how about curbing the rising cost of gas and electricity?
dexterjibs January 15, 2013 at 06:38 AM
Exoticdoc, where to start? Our gas and electricity costs could plummet if we use the resources we have within our own borders. However, there is a big lie that has been perpetuated by the progressive left in this country about global warming. They now call it global climate change and are using that to enact taxes and restrictions on energy companies. Now, the taxes and regulations are so restrictive, you don't see nuclear power plants being built because it is too expensive. These laws and taxes also make oil exploration very expensive which adds to the costs. These laws and restrictions are shutting down coal mining operations. Since electricity comes from coal, oil and nuclear, it only makes sense that the cost of electricity will sky rocket. Heck, even Obama promised the cost of electricity will skyrocket due to his regulations. And making it difficult for oil production, will ensure the costs go up and we continue to stay dependent on foreign oil. And what benefit will these higher costs and oppressive regulations bring us? We will reduce our carbon footprint and reduce the global warming theory. Liberalism is a mental disorder.

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