Residents in much of the Southland will be prohibited from indoor and outdoor wood burning through Friday due to a forecast of high air pollution in the area.

The mandatory wood-burning ban will be in effect through 11:59 p.m. Friday for all those in the South Coast Air Basin, including Orange County and non-desert portions of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The order from the South Coast Air Quality Management District does not apply to mountain communities above 3,000 feet, the Coachella Valley or the high desert.

The order was initially put in place only through Thursday, but the AQMD extended it through Friday.

Fine particles in wood smoke, also known as particulate matter or PM2.5, can get deep into the lungs and cause respiratory problems such as asthma, AQMD officials said.

Residents can receive no-burn day notifications by signing up for Air Alerts via email or text at www.AirAlerts.org.

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