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Burning bans in place as fire danger rises

Officials with the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency said the temporary ban goes into effect Thursday morning and could be lifted next Thursday if we receive more rain.

Posted: May. 8, 2019 10:12 AM
Updated: May. 8, 2019 1:50 PM

LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- The spring outdoor burning season has been put on hold in Lane County due to high fire danger, officials said. Fire agencies in Linn County issued a similar temporary ban on Wednesday.

Officials with the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency said the temporary ban goes into effect Thursday morning and it could be lifted next Thursday if we receive more rain. However, burning could be prohibited until fall if the fire danger continues.

Burning is typically allowed until early to mid-June and opens in October.

The Lane Fire Defense Board will assess the temporary suspension next week if weather conditions improve,” said Jo Niehaus, Lane Regional Air Protection Agency spokesperson. “It is dangerous to burn when it has been this dry with the added risk of hot weather and strong winds.”

Violation of the ban can result in fines for air quality and fire risk, officials said.

Residents can dispose of woody yard debris at one of Lane County’s collection depots and can turn to chipping and composting as alternatives to burning.

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The Lebanon Fire District and other Linn County agencies are banning burning from May 9 to May 12, and the status of the ban will be evaluated May 13. Recreational fires are still permitted but fire officials advise caution.

Douglas County officials are also considering putting a temporary ban in place.

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