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“No Burn Days” are Back…and Today is One of Them

SCAQMD map showing areas (in orange) where wood burning is not allowed today.

Yes, it’s that time of year again…when our weather is cool enough in the evening to finally contemplate curling up in front of a cozy fire.  But if you have a wood-burning fireplace, firepit, or wood stove, it’s also time again to remember the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s “No Burn Alerts,” which ban wood fires on days when “when emissions and stagnant weather conditions raise fine particulate pollution to unhealthy levels” — in other words, on days when air quality is already poor.

The alerts are issued between November 1 and the end of February…and as it happens, today is not just the third day of the alert period this year, but it’s also one of the SCAQMD’s first official “No Burn Days” of the season.  So as much as you might want the soothing comfort of a nice cozy fire amid all the election hoopla tonight, please refrain.

To find out more about No Burn Days, or to receive notifications when the burning ban is in effect, the SCAQMD website offers three options:

  • An E-Mail Notification Program where you can sign up to receive air quality alerts and be be notified when a mandatory No-Burn alert has been issued for your neighborhood.
  • A Check Before You Burn Map  that provides daily forecast and alert information.
  • And a toll-Free Phone Number – (866) 966-3293 – you can call for daily Check Before You Burn information.


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Elizabeth Fuller
Elizabeth Fuller
Elizabeth Fuller was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN but has lived in LA since 1991 - with deep roots in both the Sycamore Square and West Adams Heights-Sugar Hill neighborhoods. She spent 10 years with the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, volunteers at Wilshire Crest Elementary School, and has been writing for the Buzz since 2015.

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