Burn ban lifted for reservations

— The federal Environmental Protection Agency lifted the burn ban on the Colville Indian Reservation today

The ban was ordered on the reservation, as well as the Spokane and Yakama Indian reservations, in December due to stagnant air conditions.

Lifting of the ban means tribal members are allowed agricultural and outdoor burning, and camp and recreational fires.

Ceremonial and traditional fires were not included in the ban.

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State Department of Fish and Wildlife Sgt. Dan Christensen recorded this video of the release of a mama bear and her three cubs Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. The bears were captured in a tree at Esther Bricques Winery near Ellisforde. The original video was much longer. We've edited out several minutes of footage between the cubs leaving the first trap and the mama and cub leaving the second trap. Enlarge

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