© 2023 KLCC

136 W 8th Ave
Eugene OR 97401

Contact Us

FCC Applications
Oregon's Willamette Valley seen from Eugene
NPR for Oregonians
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Following Growth Of COVID-19 Cases, LRAPA Issues Indefinite Burn Ban

Brian Bull

A burn ban is in place across Lane County as of Sunday night. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, it’s due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases.

The Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA) issued the ban, which prohibits the burning of large debris.  Spokesperson Travis Knudsen explains his agency’s rationale.

“Breathing in smoke from outdoor burns can increase inflammation in the lungs, which makes a person more prone to catching respiratory illnesses such as the coronavirus," he says.  "And then those who are suffering from the coronavirus, inhaling smoke may slow or worsen their condition.”

Credit Brian Bull / KLCC

Knudsen says they’ll keep assessing the pandemic before making any decision to lift the ban.  It does not apply to smaller, recreational fires such as home barbecues.

Besides the health risks, officials say there’s already a strain on personal protective equipment and emergency responders, which means limited resources should a burn go out of control.

Violations of the ban can be reported to (541)726-1930 or by visiting LRAPA's complaint page.

Copyright 2020, KLCC.

Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (19 regional), the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
Related Content