A ban went into effect early this year because of the hot and dry conditions. The Lane County Defense Board lifted the ban because of all the rain we’ve seen the past two days.
The areas that were dry are now saturated, which makes it safer to burn outside. But if you do plan to burn now, there are some safety precautions you should follow.
“Have a hose, shovel around the burn area, make sure you attend the fire. And if you can’t burn safely, take your clippings to a recycle or compost facility,” said Sally Markos, LRAPA Spokeswoman.
The burning season will continue through June 15, but it’s illegal to burn after that. Get caught and you face a $500 fine. Repeat offenders face stiffer penalties.