Springfield Conducts Smoke Test

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Don’t be alarmed if you see smoke in Springfield the next couple of days. The city is testing wastewater lines in the Harlow Road area. On Wednesday, crews were out in the neighborhood right behind the Dari Mart near Gateway Mall. During the test, crews force smoke into the pipes, and then … Continue reading »

Wildfires Cause Unhealthy Air Quality

EUGENE, Ore. — Smoke from fires burning in Oregon and California caused hazy skies and smoke to linger in the Willamette Valley this weekend. While conditions stick around, public health officials urged people to stay inside away from the smoke. Air quality conditions throughout Lane County caused some to cough, sneeze, and wheeze as conditions … Continue reading »

Yellow Point Fire Burns 550 Acres

NEAR ALMA, Ore. — Firefighting crews worked to contain the Yellow Point fire Sunday near Alma. Ground crews are working to create fire lines and helicopters are fighting the blaze from the sky. Flames from the Yellow Point Fire cover the hillside. “The fire’s burning pretty active today,” said Matt Howard, Oregon Department of Forestry … Continue reading »

Room to Open to Escape Smoke in Oakridge

OAKRIDGE, Ore. — Lane County Emergency Management is opening a room in Oakridge Thursday, so people can get a break from smoke. The air quality index has reached the “unhealthy” range for the first time this year in the Oakridge Area, because of wildfire smoke from the Deception Complex. The Lane Regional Air Protection Agency, … Continue reading »

Officials Urge Tobacco Ban in Pharmacies

EUGENE, Ore. — Major retailers are getting the pressure to pull tobacco products off shelves and it could affect some right here in town. The Oregon Attorney General, Ellen Rosenblum, has joined more than two dozen attorneys general in the effort. They’re urging five of the country’s biggest pharmacy retailers to quit selling tobacco products. … 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 »

UO Dorm Evacuated Due to Smoke

EUGENE, Ore. — A University of Oregon dorm was evacuated Tuesday morning due to reports of smoke. The Eugene firefighters responded to Dunn Hall in the Hamilton Complex just before 11 a.m. The Eugene Fire Department says a fire started in the basement inside a janitor’s closet. The cause is still unknown. The entire Hamilton … 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 »