Ban on burning wood in fireplaces continues Friday in South Coast, Inland areas
By Brian Rokos
The residential no-burn alert for much of Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles and Orange counties remains in effect through 11:59 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29, the South Coast Air Quality Management District said.
The no-burn rule prohibits burning wood as well as manufactured fire logs in fireplaces and outdoor burning devices in Orange County and non-desert portions of Riverside, San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties.
No-burn alerts are mandatory when levels of fine particulate air pollution in the region are forecast to be high, a news release said.
The alert does not apply to communities above 3,000 feet, 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, including a no-burn alert map, is available at AirAlerts.org. For 24-hour recorded information, call 866-966-3293.