Eugene Air Pollution Worst in 4 Years

EUGENE, Ore. — Air pollution in Eugene is the worst it’s been in four years, but there are things residents can do to help. LRAPA says it expects air quality to deteriorate again Tuesday night, as people get home from work and burn wood in their fireplaces. LRAPA says this level of pollution is unhealthy … 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 »

Wildfires Threaten Local Air Quality

EUGENE, Ore. — Fires burning in the state could affect air quality in Lane County. A shift in winds will increase the potential for smoke intrusions from the Douglas Complex and Whiskey wildfires into the Willamette Valley. Right now, the air quality in Eugene and Springfield area is good. But LRAPA predicts it could creep … Continue reading »

LRAPA Gives Possible Cause to Smelly Air

EUGENE, Ore. — Many residents in the Eugene area said they woke up to a bad stench in the air Tuesday morning and are wondering why. The Lane Regional Air Protection Agency says it’s difficult to detect the source of a smell. There are a number of factors that play into why you’d be smelling … 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 »

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 »

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 »

County Discusses LRAPA’s Future

EUGENE, Ore. — This week Lane County commissioners discussed the value of the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA). Commissioners mulled whether a state agency would be better for the air and the budget. LRAPA says the discussion was initiated by county commissioners to address that very issue prior to budget talks in the spring. … 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 »