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Wood-Burning Fireplaces Prohibited Friday in Mission Viejo

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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.
Dan Avery December 13, 2013 at 12:41 PM
So I wonder of that applies to Mesquite lump charcoal.
Peter Schelden December 13, 2013 at 01:06 PM
Here's the closest thing I could find for an answer, Dan, but the AQMD site says nothing about charcoal and PM2.5: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23542481
imcjl December 16, 2013 at 11:37 AM
Maybe mandatory car pooling would have a slightly bigger impact on air quality? Thank God the fireplace Nazis didn't test my chimney last Friday when I burned my fire. These guys are all Bloomberg wanna-bes.

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