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Wood-Burning Fireplaces Ban Issued Today for Monrovia

Blazing logs are a no-no until midnight tonight, as the Southland is under a "no burn order" due to smoggy skies.

Wood-fired heating was prohibited starting at midnight this morning, and will last until midnight tonight, because of high smog levels and stagnant air, said South Coast AQMD spokesman Sam Atwood.

The "no burn day" order was to be in effect in Los Angeles and Orange counties, and much of the Inland Empire, with a few exceptions, said officials at the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

Persons who have wood as their sole source of heat, or those living above the 3,000-foot elevation, are exempt. Also exempt are persons with low income.

The no-burn order was also not effect in the Coachella Valley or Antelope Valley. Persons seeking information about the order can look at www.airalerts.org and enter their zip codes.

--City News Service
Benjamin $tacks January 12, 2014 at 10:49 AM
So at 12:01am it will be OK....? Just not at 11:59 pm because that will create too much smog... makes perfect sense..... not
rubberband January 12, 2014 at 06:44 PM
I build a fire and get it all ready to go and out of sheer snarky-ness, light it at 12:01...ask the editor. I really do. My house is old and very cold. My fireplace kicks butt in warming the house.
genevieve January 13, 2014 at 01:04 PM
A possible fire is not worth taking a chance.

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