Pollution Advisory for Willamette Valley

EUGENE, Ore. — High pollen counts in the Willamette Valley had many residents sneezing and feeling congested, and on Friday, the National Weather Service issued an advisory for air pollution. The Lane Regional Air Protection Agency says the heat brings higher concentrations of ground-level smog; for some people, that can trigger health problems like asthma, … Continue reading »

LRAPA Issues Home Wood Heat Advisory

EUGENE, Ore. — As the cold weather continues in the Willamette Valley, adding more wood to your fireplace or heater might not be the best idea. That’s because the valley is under a yellow home wood heat advisory and has been since this weekend. Smoke is a common sight billowing out of chimneys as residents … Continue reading »

Dry Weather Reigns This Week

Justin’s Monday Night Forecast Discussion:  The below freezing nights keep stacking up with a super-strong ridge of high pressure dominating the Northwest and that’ll keep on keeping on for tonight. Patchy valley fog will fill in late tonight and with lows expected to get into the upper 20s again, be on the lookout for another … Continue reading »

Experts to Discuss Coal Train Issue

EUGENE, Ore. — The city council is also using a work session Monday evening as a way to gather more information on the coal train issue. It’s a complex issue and at the same highly debated. Councilors ultimately must decide if they want to adopt a resolution prohibiting coal transport through Eugene. At the council’s … Continue reading »

Wildfires May Affect Local Air Quality

EUGENE, Ore. — Nearly 500 firefighters are working on the lines of the Pole Creek fire near Sisters. It’s up to 4,300 acres, but crews have it 5 percent contained. Though lightning caused several other fires that started this weekend, investigators say this fire is different. They don’t know its cause. What they do know … Continue reading »

Willamette Valley Air Quality Ranks Moderate

EUGENE, Ore. — It’s wildfire season, and a few are burning in southern Oregon and Idaho. They might seem far away, but they’re having an impact here. Experts at the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency say air quality is at its worst in Springfield and in Amazon Park. Tuesday was the first time this summer … Continue reading »

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