Burn season delayed

Outdoor burning date pushed back to October 7th due to fire danger

The fall outdoor burning season is expected to open on Saturday, Oct. 7 for many Lane County residents. The season, originally set to start Oct. 1, has been delayed a week.

The Lane County Fire Defense Board decided to postpone the opening of the season due to the drier weather conditions and heightened fire danger still present in Lane County.

“The little bit of rain we have seen has helped, but it is not quite enough to end the fire season,” said Lane Regional Air Protection Agency spokesperson, Jo Niehaus. “If we don’t get more significant rainfall, the Fire Defense Board could further delay the start of outdoor burning season.”

Outdoor burning, also known as open or backyard burning, allows some Lane County residents to burn dry woody yard debris that was generated on their own residential property. All fires must be extinguished by sunset and burning garbage and other unauthorized materials is illegal.

Lane Regional Air Protection Agency reminds residents that rules differ throughout the county, with some cities banning burning within city limits all together. Violation of outdoor burning rules can result in stiff fines. Residents should call LRAPA’s outdoor burning advisory line at (541)-726-3976 before burning to check eligibility.

Due to the heavy wildfire smoke intrusions this summer, LRAPA encourages residents to explore alternative options to burning. Residents can dispose of woody yard debris for a minimal charge at one of Lane County’s various collection depots. Chipping and composting are also alternative options to burning.

For more information on open burning, visit www.lrapa.org or call LRAPA at (541) 736-1056 or find us on Facebook and Twitter @LaneRegionalAir.

 

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