LRAPA Lifts Burn Ban

EUGENE, Ore. — The Eugene-Springfield area is no longer under a burn ban. LRAPA lifted the ban Saturday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. because air quality is improving in the Willamette Valley. Since the start of this month, air quality has been in the unhealthy range for residents. The agency’s director says the air quality in … Continue reading »

Burn Ban Begins in Lane County

EUGENE, Ore. — Fire season is just around the corner. There is no date set for the season this year, but the Oregon Department of Forestry will start training firefighter next week. The ban on backyard burning also begins next week, on June 16th. ODF is already warning people to be cautious. The latest report … Continue reading »

Burn Ban in Effect

EUGENE, Ore. — For the first time in more than five years, a wood stove and fireplace burn ban is in place in Eugene, Springfield and Oakridge. The Lane Regional Air Protection Agency issued the ban over the weekend, saying the current air quality has reached unhealthy levels. Using a wood stove or fireplace is … Continue reading »

Burn Season Ending Soon

EUGENE, Ore. — The unusually dry weather this year has put a damper on the burning season. The Lane Regional Air Protection Agency says while burning was prohibited this season due to the weather, the official last day of burning will be Saturday. LRAPA says it worked closely with the Lane County Fire Defense Board … Continue reading »

Burn Ban Lifted Temporarily

EUGENE, Ore. — Backyard burning will once again be allowed in Lane County starting Friday, May 24. 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 … Continue reading »

Early Start to Summer Wildfire Season

EUGENE, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Forestry battled 584 wildfires started by people in Oregon last year; millions of dollars spent, lost structures, forests, and lives, all that could have been prevented. Matt Mackey is the Wildland Fire Supervisor for ODF’s Western Lane District. He’s been fighting fires for eight years and although he … Continue reading »

Benton County Early Burn Ban

  BENTON COUNTY, Ore.– An early burn ban is in effect in Benton County due to dry conditions. This year has seen an active and early fire season. “Over the weekend, the state of Oregon had over 36 grass fires that were related to burning,”┬ásaid Corvallis Fire Marshall Jeff Prechel. The Forest Service has deemed … Continue reading »