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MISSION — Open burning on the Umatilla Indian Reservation ends Thursday, July 14.

The confederated Umatilla tribes in a press release announced the recent dry weather plus grass and vegetation drying out prompted the ban.

The burn ban, which comes later than in past years due to record rain, limits open burning until the fire season ends in fall. The ban applies to burn barrels and yard debris, but the sweathouse and ceremonial fires are exempt.

Those exempt fires still will need permits for specified burn days from the Umatilla Tribal Dispatch. To obtain a permit, contact the dispatch at 541-278-0550.

For more information regarding the burn ban or agricultural fires, contact the Office of Air Quality at 541-429-7080.

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