Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

It may be slightly cooler outside, but don’t think about lighting a fire for warmth.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District has issued a no-burn alert for Monday and Tuesday, banning residential wood-burning fires. The ban — issued due to a high concentration of fine-particle pollution being forecast in the area — also applies to manufactured fire logs.

The ban affects the AQMD’s coverage area, which includes greater Los Angeles, Orange County and the Inland Empire. The no-burn alert does not apply to mountain communities above 3,000 feet, the Coachella Valley or the High Desert. It also does not apply to homes that rely on wood as a sole source of heat, low-income households or those without natural gas service.

The alert will continue through midnight Tuesday night.

Information on no-burn alerts can be found online at www.aqmd.gov, or by calling a toll-free hotline at (866) 966-3293.

City News Service

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