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SCAQMD Says No Wood Burning Today and Tonight

SCAQMD isses no wood burning alert for Wednesday, De
SCAQMD has issued a no wood burning alert for Tuesday, December 6, 2016

If you’re thinking of lighting your wood burning fireplace or pizza oven, you can’t do it today.  The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) has issued a residential no-burn alert effective from midnight last night through midnight Tuesday, December 6, 2016, due to a high concentration of fine particulate air pollution forecast for the area.

The no-burn prohibition also applies to manufactured fire logs, such as those made from wax or paper. The alert is for all those living in the South Coast Air Basin, which includes Orange County and non-desert portions of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

No-burn alerts are mandatory in order to protect public health.  Particles in wood smoke – also known as fine particulate matter or PM2.5 – can get deep into the lungs and cause respiratory illnesses, increases in emergency room visits and hospitalizations.

SCAQMD’s Check Before You Burn program is in effect from November through the end of February, when particulate levels are highest.

A link to additional information and an interactive no-burn alert map is available at For 24-hour recorded Check Before You Burn information, call (866) 966-3293.

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Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard is the co-editor and publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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