With the onset of colder weather, fireplace and woodstove usage increases dramatically in Lane County. This results in large quantities of particulate matter being released into the local air shed. LRAPA is forecasting unhealthy air quality levels for Oakridge and Eugene/Springfield over the next few days as high pressure dominates the region and air stagnation continues.
Help improve air quality in South Eugene by following these tips from Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRPA).
- Use dry, seasoned wood. Split it, cover it, and give it a year!
- Do not burn illegal fuel. Including: garbage, plastics, treated wood, paints and chemicals, and anything else that emits dense smoke or bad odors.
- Burn small, hot fires. Don’t add too much fuel at once.
- Limit use of the damper. Dampering wastes wood, produces air pollution, accumulates creosote, and yields very little heat.
- Step outside and check the chimney or flue. If you can see smoke, your fire may need more air.
- Check before you burn. You can burn on “green” days and with caution on “yellow” days. Burning on “red” days will result in a fine of up to $500.
To find out if it is OK to burn, call 541-746-HEAT(4328) or visit www.lrapa.org.