The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) has issued a residential no-burn alert effective Monday, December 8, 2014, for all those living in the South Coast Air Basin, which includes the greater Los Angeles area, Orange County and the Inland Empire. SCAQMD reminds residents in these areas that burning wood in their fireplaces is prohibited from midnight Sunday through midnight on Monday night. No-burn alerts are mandatory in order to protect public health due to a high concentration of fine particle air pollution forecast for the area. The no-burn prohibition also applies to manufactured fire logs, such as those made from wax or paper.
Fine particles in wood smoke – also known as particulate matter or PM2.5 – can get deep into the lungs and cause respiratory illnesses, increases in emergency room visits and hospitalizations.
South Coast Basin residents can help reduce the harmful health effects of wood smoke by checking for no-burn alerts using one of the following options before burning wood:
- Sign-up to receive e-mail alerts via www.AirAlerts.org
- Visit www.aqmd.gov or www.aqmd.gov/healthyhearths/chk-before-you-burn for daily forecasts and for an interactive no-burn alert map
- Call SCAQMD’s 24-hour Check Before You Burn toll-free line at (866) 966-3293.
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