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Wood-Burning Fireplaces Prohibited Friday in Newport Beach

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Written by Patch Editor Peter Schelden

Planning on greeting the weekend by relaxing in front of your wood-burning fireplace Friday? Better think again, says the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

Friday has been declared a no-burn day for residents of Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. That means residents are prohibited from burning wood or manufactured fire logs in their fireplaces from midnight Thursday to midnight Friday.    
No-burn alerts are called when air quality is forecast to be unhealthy due to fine particulate levels known as PM2.5.  Wood smoke contains hundreds of contaminants including PM2.5, a pollutant linked to increased emergency room visits and hospitalizations, as well as increased risk of heart attacks and early deaths.

Mountain communities above 3,000 feet in elevation are exempt from the program, as are homes that rely on wood as a sole source of heat, low-income households and those without natural gas service.

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rob h December 13, 2013 at 10:38 AM
OK Let me get this straight. They say no burning in LA, Orange County, San Bernardino County etc. Then they ask for you to put in your zip code to see if you fall under this. If you live in one of these counties isn't it a given? Why do you need to put in your zip, are you not sure what county you live in? LOL
Peter Schelden (Editor) December 13, 2013 at 12:45 PM
There are some portions of these counties that aren't impacted, Rob, like some desert communities.

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