(Nespelem, WA) — The Colville Reservation and surrounding areas are facing extreme fire conditions. The Tribal Council today passed several emergency resolutions to mitigate the fire risk.

The sale and ignition of fireworks are now prohibited within the Reservation boundaries. In addition, open fires are prohibited within the Reservation boundaries. All violations of these prohibitions will result in a $5,000.00 fine. These prohibitions and emergency fines are in effect from July 1, 2021, until October 1, 2021. Finally, the shorelines in Hellgate Game Reserve and the Swawilla Basin are closed due to the predicted fire risk and the restricted accessibility for initial attack resources.

Council Secretary Karen Condon stated, “Over the last week we have seen extreme temperatures. On top of an unusually dry year, the Tribes now faces extreme fire conditions. Today’s actions are necessary to protect the lives and property of all residents.”

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