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Wood-Burning Fireplaces Ban Extended to Saturday for Monrovia

The South Coast Air Quality Management District has extended a wood-burning fireplaces ban today to include Saturday as well.

The SCAQMD has provided the following news release regarding the ban.

Residents living in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area, Orange County and the Inland Empire are not permitted to burn wood in their fireplaces today (Friday, January 03, 2014) or tomorrow (Saturday, January 04, 2014) due to elevated fine particulate levels predicted by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD).

Residents in these areas are prohibited from burning wood or manufactured fire logs in their fireplaces from midnight Friday morning to midnight on Saturday night.

SCAQMD’s no-burn alerts do not apply to mountain communities above 3,000 feet in elevation, the Coachella Valley and the High Desert.  Homes that rely on wood as a sole source of heat, low-income households and those without natural gas service also are exempt from the requirement.

On a no-burn day, residents can enter their ZIP code at www.aqmd.gov to see if they live in an affected area.  They can also sign up for daily reports on air quality and Check Before You Burn alerts at www.airalerts.org or call SCAQMD’s 24-hour Check Before You Burn toll-free line at (866) 966-3293. 

SCAQMD’s Check Before You Burn program, in effect each winter from Nov. 1 to the end of February, is designed to protect public health by minimizing harmful wood smoke from residential wood burning.  No-burn alerts are called when air quality is forecast to be elevated due to fine particulate levels (PM2.5).  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.

For further information on Check Before You Burn and alternatives to wood burning, see www.healthyhearths.org.


Gem City Dude Man January 04, 2014 at 12:09 PM
I find this whole "burn" policy over-kill. I can't believe such a program is needed here at all. It is my experience that fewer people are using their fireplaces, and of course all new home construction bands fireplaces. I bet in my neighborhood there aren't more than 2 people that even use their fireplaces, and even then use them sparingly. This program is another attempt by a government agency trying to put limits on our liberties and taking advantage of their power. Actually, people really don't have much to worry about this anyway, as there is no apparent agency to enforce this rule. I called the fire dept. and they don't enforce it, and as far as they know the police don't enforce it either, and they actually said don't worry about it.
Benjamin $tacks January 04, 2014 at 12:23 PM
glad to hear it prob wont be enforced.. can you imagine having to be that jerk to knock on the door n say you cant use your fireplace in the house you own.......too many laws
rubberband January 04, 2014 at 03:09 PM
O.k. I promise to be moderate and all. It's cold in my old house at night...a small fire perhaps.

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