Canby Fire District has reports of sky lanterns being found on properties around Canby with the dry hot weather we are experiencing this is a significant fire threat to the community. Canby Fire would like to remind everyone that sky lanterns (also known as aerial luminaries, Chinese lanterns, mini hot air balloons, UFO balloons, wish lanterns, etc.) are illegal to release into Oregon airspace.
These lanterns, which are commonly available for purchase from online retailers, contain a small candle or fuel cell composed of a waxy flammable material. When lit, the flame heats the air inside the lantern, thus lowering its density and causing the lantern to rise into the air. These devices can travel significant distances from the point of release. There is a serious fire and safety hazard associated with sky lanterns, which include the potential to start a fire on or off the property from which they are released.
Most states in the U.S., as well as countries such as Germany, Australia, and Brazil have outlawed the release of sky lanterns due to their potential to start unintended fires.
As of January 1, 2017, releasing a sky lantern into Oregon airspace is considered a Class A Violation subject to a maximum penalty of $2,000.
If you see a Sky Lantern or find one on the ground call police.
Source: Canby Fire