The fall outdoor burning season will open on Saturday, Oct. 14 for many Lane County residents. The season, originally set to start Oct. 1, was delayed until Oct. 7 and pushed back further due to continued fire danger.
The Lane County Fire Defense Board decided to postpone the opening of the season since weather conditions have been very dry. Easterly winds are predicted next week, further heightening the fire risk.
Outdoor burning, also known as open or backyard burning, allows some Lane County residents to burn dry woody yard debris that was generated on their own residential property. Rules concerning outdoor burning differ throughout the county, with some cities banning burning within city limits all together.
Before starting a fire, all residents must check the daily burning advisory, which indicates to the community if burning is prohibited on a given day. The advisory also tells residents when all fires must be extinguished by. The daily burning advisory can be found by calling Lane Regional Air Protection Agency’s advisory line at 541-726-3976 or by visiting www.lrapa.org.
To prevent any uncontrolled fires, the Fire Defense Board reminds all residents that all outdoor burning must be constantly attended until extinguished with water nearby.
Due to the heavy wildfire smoke intrusions this summer, LRAPA encourages residents to explore alternatives to burning. Residents can dispose of woody yard debris for a minimal charge at one of Lane County’s various collection depots or with Rexius and Lane Forest Products. Chipping and composting are also alternative options to burning.