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LRAPA Ban Extended; 3 Injured in Walton Wreck; Fuel Prices Continue Upward Trend

LRAPA Ban Extended

The Lane Regional Air Protection Agency has once again moved back the date for lifting the burning ban in Lane County.  Parts of the county are still too dry to allow backyard burning of yard debris.  The new date is set for October 20th.  The small amounts of precipitation the county has seen this week has not been enough to reduce fire risks and allow residential outdoor burning.  Before starting a fire, all residents must check the daily burning advisory, which indicates to the community if burning is prohibited on a given day. The advisory also tells residents when all fires must be extinguished by. The daily burning advisory can be found by calling Lane Regional Air Protection Agency’s advisory line at (541) -726-3976 or by visiting  To prevent any uncontrolled fires, the Fire Defense Board reminds all residents that all outdoor burning must be constantly attended until extinguished with water nearby.

3 Injured in Walton Wreck

Three men were seriously injured Late Monday evening when their 2008 Nissan Altima veered off of highway 126 near Walton and struck a tree.  It happened near milepost 33.  The men were traveling westbound at about 8:45 when the accident occurred.  One of the occupants had to be airlifted to Peace Health Riverbend and the other two were sent there by ambulance.  Names were not released and their conditions are not currently known.  Highway 126 was closed for 2 and a half hours while emergency responders worked on the scene.

Fuel Prices Continue Upward Trend

There continues to be no relief in fuel prices even though refineries are switching to winter blend fuels.  Gasoline has continued to cost more in Florence with it rising another 5 cents per gallon over the past week.  A regular gallon of gas in Florence is currently at $3.05 a gallon.  As hurricane Michael hits the gulf coast prices are rising in the south and east as concerns over oil production facilities in the gulf may suffer damage.  According to AAA Oregon Michael will likely have little effect on our prices on the west coast.