Field burning causes some inquiries from public.Byline: GREG BOLT The Register-Guard
Growers Growers are the people, animals, plants, and various living creatures that assist in the growing of plants and other living creatures. More specifically, the term "growers" refers to individual people who put forth effort to grow plants for food and medicinal use, including the burned about 5,600 acres of grass-seed field during the first three days of the burning season this week with few problems reported.
The start of the annual agricultural burning season earlier this week means Willamette Valley The Willamette Valley (pronounced [wɪˈlæ.mɪt], with the accent on the second syllable) is the region in northwest Oregon in the United States that surrounds the Willamette River as it proceeds northward from its residents will see more of the familiar columns of smoke rising from area farms as growers burn off stubble to prepare for next year's planting. The season comes as the state faces one of its worst forest fire seasons in recent years.
The smoke columns have sparked phone calls from nervous residents concerned about the possibility of nearby wildfires. A number of people called about a burn in the Creswell Creswell is the name of several places:
Field burns are regulated by the state Department of Agriculture, which monitors wind and weather in deciding whether to allow burning. Burns were allowed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday but were shut down Friday because of strong north winds.
Burning is not allowed when winds would push smoke into populated pop·u·late
tr.v. pop·u·lat·ed, pop·u·lat·ing, pop·u·lates
1. To supply with inhabitants, as by colonization; people.
2. areas. Pat Apparcel, the agriculture department's field burning spokeswoman, said that was the case Friday.
"We had a northerly wind today," she said Friday. "It would have gone right into Eugene."
The department has received about 20 calls so far from people concerned about the smoke, some of them worried about the possibility of wildfires, she said. Others have health concerns.
The only smoke intrusion reported so far was in the community of Lyons east of Salem, where light smoke was reported Thursday.
Apparcel said even when the agriculture department allows burning, local fire districts have the final say over individual field burns. After getting a permit from the state, growers must contact their fire district to get permission to burn.
Some counties have limited or blocked field burning in recent days because of concern that rural fire departments don't have enough staff and volunteers to handle a fire if it got out of control. Many departments have sent crews to battle forest fires This is a list of notorious forest fires: North America
Year Size Name Area Notes
1825 3,000,000 acres (12,000 km²) Miramichi Fire New Brunswick Killed 160 people. in other parts of the state, leaving their stations at less than full strength.
1. A waterfall.
2. A steep ravine.
[Scottish Gaelic linne, pool, waterfall.] and Benton counties Benton County is the name of nine counties in the United States:
A total of 40,000 acres are registered for burning this year in the valley. The season typically lasts into the first two weeks of October.
Anyone with concerns or complaints about field burning can call the state's complaint line at (541) 686-7600.