Logs burning in a residential fireplace. Photo by Robbie Sproule via Wikimedia Commons
Logs burning in a residential fireplace. Photo by Robbie Sproule via Wikimedia Commons

A residential no-burn alert will be in effect through Thursday in the South Coast Air Basin — which includes the greater Los Angeles area, Orange County and the Inland Empire — due to a forecast of fine particle air pollution.

Under the alert issued by the South Coast Air Quality Management District, residents are barred from burning wood in fireplaces until midnight Thursday night. The alert was initially issued only for today, but was extended by the SCAQMD.

“No-burn alerts are mandatory in order to protect public health due to a high concentration of fine particle air pollution forecast for the area,” according to the SCAQMD. “The no-burn prohibition also applies to manufactured fire logs, such as those made from wax or paper.”

The prohibition does not apply to mountain communities above 3,000 feet, the Coachella Valley or the high desert.

—City News Service

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