NESPELEM The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has called for burn bans on the Colville, Yakama and Spokane Indian reservations.
Stagnant air conditions and elevated monitor readings continue to occur for areas east of the Cascades. The conditions are projected to continue for the next several days.
The burn bans will be in place through Thursday, when they will be reviewed.
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.
The Environmental Protection Agency asks reservation residents to reduce all sources of air pollution, including excess driving and idling of vehicles, and the use of wood stoves and fireplaces unless it is a home’s only source of heat.
A similar state burn ban will go into effect this afternoon, Tuesday, for nine Eastern Washington counties: Okanogan, Ferry, Kittitas, Chelan, Douglas, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Asotin and Walla Walla.
The state ban will continue until at least 4 p.m. Friday.