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EPA calls burn ban for the Yakama Reservation

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SEATTLE, Wash., -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has called a burn ban on all outdoor burning on the Yakama Reservation in Washington due to extensive smoke from wildfires in the area.

The burn ban will last at least until Thursday August 16th, at which time EPA will reassess conditions.

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.

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

Air pollution can have significant health impacts.  Those most at risk are children, the elderly, pregnant women and those with respiratory, cardiac or pulmonary diseases.  Those at risk should avoid outdoor exercise and minimize exposure to outdoor pollution as much as possible.