Recreational fires

Recreational Fires

Recreational fires are camp and cooking fires, backyard barbecues, chimneas and other patio warmers that burn charcoal, natural firewood, or manufactured logs and pellets. Recreational fires must be smaller than three (3) feet in diameter and two (2) feet high.

Recreational fires are limited to private property and designated areas on public lands on only green Home Wood Heating advisory days — recreational fires are prohibited on yellow and red advisory days. Check the current home wood heating advisory before lighting your fire.

While LRAPA’s rules allow recreational fires, Eugene City Code 6.200 prohibits recreational fires within the city limits of Eugene unless actively being used for the exclusive purpose of preparing food. Contact your local fire authority for enforcement of Eugene City Code 6.200.

Home Wood Heating - Enjoying an outdoor firepit

Prohibited Materials

LRAPA rules prohibit certain materials from being burned in recreational fires. Generally, dry firewood, manufactured presto-type logs and charcoal briquettes may be burned in recreational fires. Woody yard trimmings, grass clippings and leaves are not allowed to be burned, nor are other prohibited materials as defined by LRAPA rules.

The prohibited materials include but not limited to:

  • Animal remains
  • Asbestos-containing materials
  • Asphalts
  • Automobile parts
  • Garbage
  • Petroleum products
  • Plastics
  • Rubber
  • Tires
  • Treated wood
  • Wire insulation

LRAPA monitors air quality throughout Lane County with eight regulatory-grade monitors and over 90 commercial-grade air sensors. Air Quality Index values are updated hourly.

Find the current air quality, look up the closest monitor to you, and learn more about the Air Quality Index (AQI) on the Current Air Quality Page.

LRAPA regulates the burning of wood and yard debris, known as “outdoor burning,” in Lane County. LRAPA also enforces home wood heating – such as fireplaces and wood stoves – opacity ordinances for the cities of Eugene, Springfield and Oakridge. Seasonal and daily restrictions can exist for both forms of burning. Check to see if there are any active burning curtailments in effect on the burning restrictions webpage.
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LRAPA is responsible for issuing air permits to commercial and industrial operations with emissions above a certain threshold. Check to see if your business needs a permit by following our 5-step guide on our Permitting Overview webpage.

Asbestos is the name of a group of naturally occurring fibrous minerals that are heat-resistant, strong and extremely durable. Asbestos has historically been used in over 4,000 building products because of these properties.

Asbestos can cause lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma. There is no safe level of exposure to friable asbestos.

LRAPA regularly solicits public comment on proposed agency actions such as rule changes, proposed air permits, and the agency’s annual budget. LRAPA also hosts monthly Board of Director and Citizen Advisory Committee meetings.

Learn more about these public comment window and public meetings on our News, Notices & Public Calendar webpage.

The physical environment is a crucial component of any individual’s health and well-being.  Every community needs access to safe air, land and water.  LRAPA has curated together a collation of topics commonly asked about by the community to provide information, important details, and connect interested community members with resources.

Explore the many topics of information on our Community Center webpage.

LRAPA is the local air authority responsible for monitoring Lane County’s air and administering programs that protect and improve air quality. LRAPA was founded in 1968 as an intergovernmental agreement between the cities of Springfield and Eugene. Today’s intergovernmental agreement includes Lane County and the cities of Cottage Grove, Eugene, Oakridge, and Springfield.