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Wood-Burning Ban Issued for Monrovia Today

This is the eighth ban issued since the season started Nov. 1.

Smog blanketing Los Angeles
Smog blanketing Los Angeles
Monrovia residents are prohibited from burning their wood fireplaces today.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District has issued a no burn alert due to "elevated fine particulate levels," according to a news release.  

"No-burn alerts are called when air quality is forecast to be elevated due to fine particulate levels (PM2.5)," officials said. "Wood smoke contains hundreds of contaminants including PM2.5, a pollutant linked to increased emergency room visits and hospitalizations, as well as increased risk of heart attacks and early deaths."

Los Angeles County residents can not burn wood or manufactured fire logs in their fireplaces through midnight. This burn alert marks the eighth one this season, which started Nov. 1 and ends Feb. 28, officials said. 

No burn alerts do not apply to mountain communities above 3,000 feet. 

Those who live in homes that rely on wood as the only heat source and low-income households, and those without natural gas service are exempt from the ban.

Residents can enter their ZIP code at www.aqmd.gov on no burn days to see if they live in an affected area. To sign up for daily reports on air quality and Check Before You Burn alerts visit www.airalerts.org or call SCAQMD’s 24-hour Check Before You Burn toll-free line at 866-966-3293.

For further information on Check Before You Burn and alternatives to wood burning, see www.healthyhearths.org.
K. Eckstrom January 29, 2014 at 09:28 AM
This was posted at 10:55pm on Tues. Jan 28. The article stated for "today." So does that mean Jan 28 or is it for Jan 29? Just trying to stay legal. Thank you for Monrovia Patch. I love it.
rubberband January 29, 2014 at 11:31 AM
Today. Being legal is good...
Frank "frazgo" Zgonc January 29, 2014 at 12:59 PM
Who care? Not a single person in my neighborhood pays attention to this nonsense.
Fortified- AKA Carlos Danger January 30, 2014 at 01:24 AM
IS FIREPLACE BURNING THE NEW ALARMISM, OR FACT? The EPA is on a roll, with the Obama administration. It is known now that the EPA waited until Obama won re-election in 2012 before bringing out a whole new set of regulations. No more wood burning stoves, among other things are happening. I am trying to learn what I can about the issue, and am just starting. If anyone has actual data, computer models and such, let me know. I went to the EPA site and can't find the "computer model" they use. I have read some articles, and just some of the same lines going around. One I found all over is: "Research shows that nearly 70 percent of chimney smoke reenters nearby buildings" END QUOTE That quote started here: - See more at: ( http://www.samharris.org/blog/item/the-fireplace-delusion#sthash.zLkuRo83.dpuf ) I cant find the data for scientific basis for fireplace smoke danger... ANYONE?.......
Liz January 30, 2014 at 01:30 PM
I qualified for low income , not proud of that but it does allow me to use my fireplace when I need to or want to. Being aware of the particles emitted when burning I will only burn when it is uncomfortable even with a sweater on. Jiffy pop popped using the fireplace was fun as a kid, wonder if it is still fun?

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