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Wood Fireplaces Off-Limits on Friday

Orange, Los Angeles and the Inland Empire are affected.

Wood burning fireplaces can't be used on no-burn day. Credit/Patch
Wood burning fireplaces can't be used on no-burn day. Credit/Patch

Wood-fired heating will be prohibited starting at midnight tonight in Fountain Valley and lasting 24 hours, though the end of Friday, because of high smog levels and stagnant air.

The “no burn day” order will be in effect in Orange, greater Los Angeles County and much of the Inland Empire, with a few exceptions, said officials at the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

Persons who have wood as their sole source of heat, or those living above the 3,000-foot elevation, are exempt. Also exempt are persons with low income.

It’s the first no-burn order of the month and the fourth over the past month.

Persons seeking information about the order can check out airalerts.org and enter their zip codes.

Gail Neuman January 02, 2014 at 11:35 PM
Weird-have lived in Orange County since June 1980 and have never heard of an alert like this. I guess they never notify anyone because it's never been in the LA Times, OC Register or on the NBC TV news

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