Spring outdoor burning season is now open

March 13, 2019 — The Lane County spring outdoor burning season opened March 1 for certain areas in Lane County.

The Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA) will issue daily outdoor burning advisories with start and stop times for outdoor burning. The spring burning season will conclude in June.

LRAPA regulates outdoor burning, also known as open or backyard burning, allowing 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. Outdoor burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Eugene and Florence as well as on lots smaller than 0.5 acres inside Springfield Urban Growth Boundary and City Limits. Burning is also prohibited on lots smaller than 2 acres inside the Eugene Urban Growth Boundary.

With the recent snow storm’s woody debris and downed trees, there may be more fuel than typical burn seasons. The agency asks people to pile the woody debris and keep it dry until ready for burning or explore alternatives instead of burning. Hauling, composting, or wood chipping will help keep spring air quality clean. Burn piles cannot smolder overnight.

Residents should check local ordinances and contact local fire districts regarding restrictions and permits before burning.

LRAPA’s advisory is updated daily on the website at 7 p.m. for the following day. Lane County residents can call LRAPA’s Outdoor Burning Advisory Line at 541-726-3976. Coastal residents can call 541-997-1757 for burn advisories.

Residents who are in areas that allow burning must be aware that burning only woody yard debris generated on their property is allowed. All fires must be attended to and completely extinguished by times determined by LRAPA.

Please practice fire safety and keep water handy at all times. A first offense violation of LRAPA’s outdoor burning rules may result in a $500 fine.

Residents can dispose of yard debris by taking it to Lane County transfer sites (541-682-4120), Lane Forests Products at 541-345-9085 or Rexius at 541-342-1835.

For more information, please visit www.lrapa.org or call 541-736-1056.

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