LRAPA Issues "RED" Advisory for Oakridge
The Lane Regional Air Protection Agency has issued a “RED” home wood heating advisory for Oakridge. The Eugene/Springfield area remains under a “YELLOW” advisory. These advisories are expected to continue at least through December 5.
During a “RED” advisory, no visible smoke is allowed from a chimney at a residential home and people are asked to use alternative heating devices. LRAPA says it knows many Oakridge residents rely heavily on wood for their primary heat, so economic exemptions are available through Oakridge City Hall.
A "RED" advisory is also a health advisory. Children, pregnant women, seniors and those who suffer from respiratory or cardiovascular diseases should avoid strenuous exercise or time outside in the smoke.
Outdoor burning is also prohibited across all Lane County, except for in coastal communities.
Wood combustion is the biggest cause of winter-time air pollution in Lane County, especially in Oakridge. Degraded air quality can trigger asthma attacks or increase negative long-term health impacts including cancer and heart disease.
The "YELLOW" advisory for the Eugene/Springfield area is a cautionary warning, predicting poor ventilation and stagnant air. Using fireplaces and woodstoves is allowed, but LRAPA urges people to use other forms of heat such as electric, propane or natural gas. If air quality continues to degrade, a "RED" advisory may be issued in the Eugene/Springfield area prohibiting fireplace and woodstove use.
Check LRAPA’s website for current advisories and up-to-date air quality information.