LRAPALane Regional Air Protection Agency (formerly Lane Regional Air Pollution Authority)
LRAPALady Richborough Academy of Performing Arts (UK)
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LRAPA isn't expecting to impose a burning ban in Eugene-Springfield in the next day or two, but it is keeping an eye on smoke particulate pollution levels in the two cities, Niehaus said.
LRAPA imposed the ban in the Eugene-Springfield city limits and the surrounding area within the urban growth boundary on Thursday as stagnant air kept the pollution from wood-burning stoves close to the valley floor.
LRAPA has imposed only a couple of woodstove burning bans in Eugene-Springfield in recent years - one in January 2008 and one in November 2013.
To help improve conditions, people are asked to not damper down their woodstoves and use alternative forms of heat if at all possible," LRAPA spokeswoman Jo Niehaus said.
Both the Eugene-Springfield area and Oakridge have wintertime air quality problems related to wood burning, LRAPA said.
Fall weather tends to cycle through several rounds of rain showers, and then dry back out multiple times, before the risk of fire spread is diminished," Wagenblast said in a statement released by LRAPA.
In Eugene-Springfield, smoke particulate pollution between Saturday afternoon and Sunday afternoon peaked at about 60 micrograms per cubic meter, compared with the low single digits typical for the metro area in the summer, according to LRAPA data.
LRAPA noted that winds can shift quickly and cautioned people sensitive to smoke to stay indoors and limit outdoor activity.
LRAPA converts those particulate readings into air quality index levels.
LRAPA reported the debris ranged from small flakes of ash to larger, palm-sized, charred pieces.
The company is working with both LRAPA and the state Department of Environmental Quality, which is also investigating, he said.
Residents who are sensitive to pollution should be careful doing activities outdoors, LRAPA spokeswoman Jo Niehaus said.