Despite recent rains, conditions are still too dry for safe burning. The early fire season has also left local fire districts short-handed, making it difficult to respond to any wildfires.
“The Lane Fire Defense Board makes the call on open burning based on fire danger,” said Sally Markos,
LRAPA spokeperson. “LRAPA’s open burning advisories are based on air quality and burning is prohibited when stagnant conditions are not conducive to smoke dispersion.”
This year’s spring has been one of the driest on record. Although some grass and vegetation is still green, it is dry enough to burn. Areas under forest canopy have not been saturated by recent rains and are still dry.
LRAPA would like to remind residents there is a penalty for burning on days out of season. A first offense
violation of LRAPA’s open burning rules may result in a $500 fine. Repeat offenders face even higher penalties.