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Forest Service fined for Yakima Valley smoke

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YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - The Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency has fined the Forest Service $12,000 for smoke from a Sept. 28 controlled burn that drifted toward Yakima when the wind shifted.

The agency says the Naches Ranger District failed to assure that future burns don't compromise air quality.

An agency spokesman, Cave Caprile, says it's treating the Forest Service as it would anyone else. Forest Service officials don't believe the Yakima agency has the authority to regulate smoke from their fires.

District Ranger Randall Shepard says rangers acted in good faith and received approval for the burn from the state Department of Natural Resources.

At least 17 people living in Tieton, Selah and Yakima complained about the smoke.