Indoor and outdoor wood burning is prohibited Tuesday in most of the Inland Empire and surrounding areas because of weather conditions conducive to concentrated pollution, according to the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
The agency issued a “no-burn” alert that’s effective until midnight, encompassing all of western Riverside County, Orange County and parts of Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties.
“Do your part to help keep our air clean by not burning wood during the mandatory wood burning ban,” an AQMD statement says. “No-burn alerts are mandatory in order to protect public health when levels of fine particulate air pollution in the region are forecast to be high. Smoke from wood burning can cause health problems.”
Particulate matter in wood smoke can inflict respiratory strain, especially on those with lung ailments, causing asthma attacks and other harmful effects that could lead to hospitalizations.
Winds are forecast to be minimal Tuesday as a low-energy front moves through the region, producing little moisture and some cloud cover, according to the National Weather Service.
SCAQMD’s no-burn alerts don’t apply to mountain communities above 3,000 feet in elevation, the Coachella Valley, or the High Desert. Homes that rely on wood as a sole source of heat, low-income households and those without natural gas service also are exempt from the requirement. Gas and other non-wood burning fireplaces are not restricted.
More information is available at www.AirAlerts.org .