Burn Season Reopening


October 7, 2016

LRAPA logoAfter a week-long delay, the Lane County Fall Open Burning season is set to start Saturday, October 8th until Monday, October 31st for many residents in the county.

The season, normally set to open October 1st, is actually opening earlier than expected. The initial delay called for burning to wait until the 15th due to hot and dry weather conditions. However, with rapid changes in weather and more days of rain, the Lane County Fire Defense Board decided to open the season this weekend.

LRAPA reminds residents that rules are different throughout the county and people still need to check to verify if they live in an area that allows burning. “Open burning is prohibited in the city limits of Eugene and Florence,” said Lane Regional Air Protection Agency spokesperson, Jo Niehaus. “Lots smaller than half an acre in Springfield City Limits and the Eugene and Springfield Urban Growth Boundaries are also ban open burning. Other areas require further permits and compliance through LRAPA letter permits or with local fire districts.”

Residents who are allowed to burn are reminded that burning only woody yard debris generated on their own residential property is allowed, and that all fires must be out by sunset. Burning trash and garbage is illegal and can result in stiff fines.

Backyard burning generates the largest number of complaints received by LRAPA. Complaints reported to LRAPA about open burning have climbed in the last few years and the agency has levied numerous fines for illegal burning. “People are becoming more aware of the health impacts from smoke and are less tolerant of open burning, even during the burning season. It’s a serious health concern for many people, especially when illegal materials are thrown into the fire.” Niehaus said.

Residents can dispose of yard debris for a minimal charge at several collection depots, including Lane County transfer sites, Lane Forest Products (541- 345-9085), or Rexius (541-342-1835).

For more information, please visit http://www.lrapa.org or call us at 541-736-1056. Information is also available on our Facebook and Twitter pages @LaneRegionalAir.


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