LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The South Coast Air Quality Management District extended a no-burn order for much of Southland through Thursday evening due to a forecast of high air pollution in the area.
Residents of the air basin on the south coast are not allowed to burn wood, both indoors and outdoors, until 11:59 PM on Thursday.
— South Coast AQMD (@SouthCoastAQMD) January 12, 2022
The South Coast Air Basin includes the non-desert portions of Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties and all of Orange County.
The order does not apply to mountain communities above 3,000 feet, the Coachella Valley, or the high desert.
Homes that depend on wood as the sole source of heat are also exempt from the obligation.
Fine particles in wood smoke, also called particulate matter or PM2.5, can penetrate deep into the lungs and cause respiratory problems such as asthma.
Residents can receive Fire Free Day notifications by signing up for Air Alerts via email or text at http://www.AirAlerts.org.
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