LRAPA warns air stagnation could lead to elevated pollution levels

The Lane Regional Air Protection Agency says the worsening air quality is caused by residents burning wet wood. (SBG photo)

EUGENE, Ore. – An air stagnation advisory is in effect until noon Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service in Portland.

Lane Regional Air Protection Agency warns this could lead to elevated pollution levels. If the pollution levels get too high, LRAPA will call a ban on all smoke from home wood heating in Eugene, Springfield and Oakridge.

“Pollution from wood burning is not only harmful to your health and wellbeing, it is also a financial burden,” said LRAPA spokesperson, Jo Niehaus. “If you are burning correctly, you should be seeing almost no smoke at all. Visible smoke means those are particles that are not being burned to provide you with heat. Instead, they are entering your lungs and bloodstream.”

LRAPA is constantly monitoring pollution levels in Lane County.

When advisory levels reach “Red” the smoke ban will be enforced.

Some exceptions are available for those who meet the economic need requirements.

LRAPA says if you are feeling symptoms of wood smoke exposure, contact a healthcare provider.

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