Clearer air ends county ban on most wood burning

Stoke 'em if you got 'em.

Rogue Valley residents can turn to their fireplaces for warmth now that Jackson County environmental health officials have declared today the first "green" woodburning day in more than a week.

Wednesday night's wimpy storm front that brought just a trace of rain was not strong enough to break the air inversion that has gripped the valley for the past two weeks, according to the National Weather Service.

But it was strong enough to clear enough particulates to break the 6-day-old ban on burning wood in fireplaces and non-certified woodstoves.

A front expected Friday should bring enough unstable weather to break the inversion that afternoon, says meteorologist Megan Woodhead at the weather service's office at the Medford airport.

— Mark Freeman

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