Residents Should Avoid Wood Fires Today, Agency Says

posted: January 9th, 2013 11:32 am | 5Comments

If you’re thinking of snuggling up next to a blazing wood fire to fight the January chill, think again.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District has issued a no-burn alert for residential wood-burning fireplaces that will last at least until midnight, according to the agency’s website. The alert covers areas of Los Angeles and Orange counties, including Corona del Mar.

Both indoor and outdoor fireplaces are included in the advisory, although gas fires are exempt.

“Check Before You Burn alerts are called when air quality is predicted to be in the Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups range or higher due to fine particulate levels,” according to the agency’s website. “This occurs when PM2.5 levels are forecast to be higher than 35 micrograms per cubic meter during a 24-hour average.”

The Check Before You Burn program goes into effect from Nov. 1 to the end of February every year and aims to protect public health by minimizing harmful wood smoke from residential wood burning, the website states.

“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,” the website states.

First-time violators could be fined $50 or ordered to attend a wood smoke awareness course, the website states. For second-time violations, fines increase to $150 “or a resident may install a dedicated gas-fueled fireplace,” the website states.

“Third time violators will receive a $500 fine or may fund a project that will benefit the environment,” the website states. Multiple violations accrued only in a single season. To report a suspected violation, call 1-800-CUT-SMOG (1-800-288-7664) or click here.


5 Responses to “Residents Should Avoid Wood Fires Today, Agency Says”

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Frank Peters

January 9th, 2013

Anyone thinking of the fire rings at Big Corona? Who doesn't love a cozy fire? But the cold, hard facts, confirmed in this No-Burn Alert, are that burning would is bad for your health, bad for your neighbor's health.

Barbara Peters

January 9th, 2013

Will people still burn wood at the fire rings tonight? Outlook good. It must be cognitive dissonance that lets people burn for recreation when it's been proven that breathing Particulate Matter 2.5 is a serious health risk. Maybe today is a good day to make friends with the facts about wood smoke. After all, wouldn't we all prefer public amenities that don't increase the risk of premature death for everyone around?

Corona del Mar Today Staff

January 9th, 2013

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Frank Peters

January 9, 2013

Anyone thinking of the fire rings at Big Corona? Who doesn't love a cozy fire? But the cold, hard facts, confirmed in this No-Burn Alert, are that burning would is bad for your health, bad for your neighbor's health.

Thanks for the tip. I've signed up for alerts!

Anon

January 10th, 2013

Oh my, two fancy folks and a gushing blogger make for a cozy (albiet fireless) chumfest. There is a difference between no-burn days and "never." No-burn days help reduce smog in a large area. "Never" caters to those nimby folks who live at the ocean. One has reasons backed by science, the other backed by egocentrism. Not surprising that Amy gushed to her neighbors, after all she too is a nimby. Sorry Amy, you just lost some street cred.

Corona del Mar Today Staff

January 11th, 2013

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Anon

January 10, 2013

Oh my, two fancy folks and a gushing blogger make for a cozy (albiet fireless) chumfest. There is a difference between no-burn days and "never." No-burn days help reduce smog in a large area. "Never" caters to those nimby folks who live at the ocean. One has reasons backed by science, the other backed by egocentrism. Not surprising that Amy gushed to her neighbors, after all she too is a nimby. Sorry Amy, you just lost some street cred.

Wasn't gushing as much as glad to get the no burn alerts; the city manager also sent me the link, and it was reported in the Register as well.


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