No-Burn order extended for much of Southland through Sunday

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Topping of trees can allow too much sun into the canopy, and sun burning can occur on branches. Roger Boddart photo

RIVERSIDE – The South Coast Air Quality Management District has extended a mandatory prohibition on indoor and outdoor wood burning in much of the Southland through tomorrow night due to a forecast of high air pollution in the area.
The residential wood-burning ban was extended for a ninth consecutive day Saturday, and now will be in effect through 11:59 p.m. Sunday. It affects all those in the South Coast Air Basin, including the non-desert portions of Riverside, Los Angeles, 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 rely on wood as a sole source of heat, low-income households, and those without natural gas service also are exempt from the requirement.
The no-burn rule prohibits burning wood as well as manufactured fire logs, such as those made from wax or paper. Gas and other non-wood burning fireplaces are not restricted, the SCAQMD said.
Fine particles in wood smoke, also known as particulate matter or PM2.5, can get deep into the lungs and cause respiratory problems such as asthma.
Residents can receive no-burn day notifications by signing up for Air Alerts via email or text at www.AirAlerts.org.
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