Weather, air pollution may prompt LRAPA ban on home wood burning this weekend in Eugene-Springfield, Oakridge

By Dylan Darling, The Register-Guard Hoping to keep the air clear, air quality officials in Lane County may ban wood burning to heat homes this weekend in Eugene-Springfield and Oakridge. The Lane Regional Air Protection Agency warns of potentially unhealthy air quality over the weekend in the metro area and Oakridge, with inversions causing stagnant…

What to do about South Eugene’s wood smoke problem

by Jo Niehaus, LRAPA Public Affairs Every fall, the cooler temperatures and changing leaves bring relief to the Pacific Northwest. However, the coziness and warmth from wood burning isn’t a welcome sight nor smell for all. We tend to think that wood burning is cost effective, traditional, natural, and creates a certain ambiance that is…

Current Incentives to Replace Residential Heating Systems

As we approach the end of the current home heating season, now could be a great time to save on replacing old or inefficient home heating systems. A more efficient heating system could help reduce energy waste, lower energy bills, and when replacing wood stoves that emit a lot of smoke, could help insure compliance…

Fireworks Ban in Place in South Eugene

The Eugene City Council today voted to ban the use of fireworks in south Eugene. Concerned about the threat of fire in the south part of town, including the south hills, councilors unanimously voted to prohibit the discharge of fireworks south of 18th Avenue. The ban also applies to the neighborhoods north of 18th Avenue…

Help Improve Air Quality in South Eugene

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…