RIVERSIDE (CNS) - The South Coast Air Quality Management District has issued a mandatory prohibition on indoor and outdoor wood burning in much of the Southland due to a forecast of high air pollution in the area.
The residential wood-burning ban is in effect through at least 11:59 p.m. Sunday. It affects all those in the South Coast Air Basin, including the non-desert portions of Riverside, San Bernardino and Los Angeles 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