SCAQMD No-Burn Alert Today for Central LA County

SCAQMD has issued a residential no-burn alert for today, so please don’t burn wood or fire logs in your fireplace today.
The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) has issued its first Residential No-Burn Day alert of the season for today, which means no burning wood or fire logs in indoor oroutdoor residential wood burning fireplaces and stoves, due to elevated fine particulate levels forecast by the SCAQMD.
When a residential no-burn alert is issued for your area, please refrain from burning wood throughout the entire day.

Alerts are issued each year from November 1 through the last day of February. During a no-burn alert, SCAQMD requires that residents refrain from all indoor and outdoor wood burning. The wintertime program became mandatory on November 1, 2011 under the provisions of Rule 445 – Wood-Burning Devices (PDF).  This program requires mandatory wood-burning restrictions when PM2.5 particle pollution levels exceed 30 micrograms per cubic meter (90 AQI) in the months of November, December, January and February. This rule only applies to residences in the South Coast Air Basin at elevations below 3000 feet. Exemptions to Rule 445 are provided for homes where wood burning is the sole source of heat or where no natural gas service is available.

For further information on Rule 445 and alternatives to wood burning, please see http://healthyhearths.org.  If you want more information on the air quality forecast, or other aspects of the local air quality program, please contact your local air quality agency using the information above. For more information on the U.S. EPA’s AIRNow Program, visit http://www.airnow.gov.

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About 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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