LRAPA Allows Backyard Burning

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — The Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA) says the recent rain will allow open backyard burning in some areas of Lane County, starting Wednesday. LRAPA says generally speaking, the burning season runs from Oct. 1 until Jun. 15, but those dates often fluctuate depending on the weather. For instance, the mostly dry … Continue reading »

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 »

Open Burning Season Ends Saturday

LANE COUNTY, Ore. — Open burning season will draw to a close on Saturday, June 15, meaning residents will have to find other ways to dispose of their wood and yard debris. Sally Markos with the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency said that this spring has been one of the driest on record, despite the … Continue reading »

Local Air Receives Failing Grade

EUGENE, Ore. — An American Lung Association air quality report gave the Eugene-Springfield metro area a failing grade for its air quality. In the 2013 air quality report, the American Lung Association ranks Eugene as the 14th worst place for air particle pollution and gives the area an F grade for this type of pollution. … Continue reading »