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Burn Season begins in Lane County and others


This weekend’s change in weather has flipped the switch on outdoor burning bans. LRAPA spokesperson Travis Knudsen told KLCC outdoor burn season for Lane County normally runs for the entire month of October, but the start had been delayed because of continued fire danger.

“With the arrival of rain over the weekend and a forecast that continues to look cool and wet," he said, "that fire danger threat no longer exists, and as a result outdoor burning can resume in Lane County.”

Knudsen said people inside urban growth boundaries can burn woody yard trimmings from October 25th through October 31st. People in unincorporated areas may be able to burn after that date, but Knudsen said everyone should look at current regulations before lighting a fire.

Burn bans have also been lifted in Douglas and Lincoln Counties. Officials say to check with your local fire agency for details, including local regulations and start and stop dates.

As a reminder, LRAPA encourages disposing of wood debris without burning. Lane Forest Products, Rexius, or Lane County’s transfer stations and dumpsites are resources available to those who wish to dispose of woody yard material without burning. Composting and chipping are also recommended. LRAPA has published a factsheet providing information on non-burning disposal alternatives for natural vegetation in Lane County.

Fall’s first storm has also ushered in the cancellation of the ongoing air quality advisory for Oakridge and West Fir. Knudsen said although the Cedar Creek Fire continues to produce smoke, air quality is better than it has been for about six weeks. He said during that time, there were 37 days in which the air quality was “unhealthy for sensitive groups” in the area and nine days of hazardous air quality.

Thanks to the rain, and progress made by firefighters on the Cedar Creek Fire, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office has lifted all remaining “Level 1” evacuation notices in the Oakridge area. Chief Deputy Carl Wilkerson acknowledged the community’s cooperation during September’s evacuation, and said they’re thankful for everyone’s understanding during that challenging time.

Karen Richards joined KLCC as a volunteer reporter in 2012, and became a freelance reporter at the station in 2015. In addition to news reporting, she’s contributed to several feature series for the station, earning multiple awards for her reporting.