By City News Service
Wood-fired heating will be prohibited starting at midnight tonight, and lasting 24 hours into New Years Eve, because of high smog levels and stagnant air.
The "no burn day" order will 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 hear, or those living above the 3,000-foot elevation, are exempt. Also exempt are persons with low income.
The no-burn order is also not effect in the Coachella Valley. Persons seeking information about the order can look at www.airalerts.org and entering their zip codes.