Backyard Burning season ends June 15
June 12, 2017
by Sarah Craig
Thursday, June 15th, marks the last day of the outdoor burning season for most Lane County residents. Lane County Fire Defense Board closes the spring outdoor burning season every summer as fire season approaches. High temperatures and elevated fire risk keep the season closed until the fall outdoor burning season begins in early October.
Outdoor burning, also known as “backyard burning” or “open burning,” allows for the burning of woody yard debris, such as dry tree branches or brush. Outdoor burning differs from recreational fires, barbeques and bonfires, all of which have different regulations throughout the county. Lane County residents can check the regulations for different types of fires in their area by visiting the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency website. Residents can also check the daily status of outdoor burning advisory by visiting the website or calling LRAPA at (541) 726-3976.
Throughout the year, Lane County residents are encouraged to find alternative ways to dispose of yard debris other than burning. Debris may be disposed of at Lane Forest Products, Rexius or one of Lane County’s transfer stations and dump sites. “Not only does outdoor burning pose as a serious fire hazard, it also emits unnecessary smoke into the air,” said Jo Niehaus, LRAPA spokesperson. “By composting, chipping, or hauling away your debris, you limit the smoke exposure to yourself, your family and your neighbors.”
Residents who burn during the closed season are subject to violations ranging from $50 to up to several thousand dollars.
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