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Residential Wood Burning Advisory Declared For Wednesday

The AQMD restriction applies to the Western San Gabriel Valley, including South Pasadena.

Downtown Los Angeles having a bad-air day.
Downtown Los Angeles having a bad-air day.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District declared a “Residential Wood Burning Advisory” in and around South Pasadena on Wednesday.

The advisory, issued in an AQMD communiqué Tuesday, is for the Western San Gabriel Valley as well as Northwestern Coastal Los Angeles.

Residents are advised to curtail the use of indoor and outdoor residential wood-burning fireplaces and stoves throughout Wednesday because of a high level of predicted fine particulate matter in the air.

The restrictions are being implemented under AQMD Rule 445, which requires mandatory wood burning restrictions when PM2.5 particle pollution exceeds 30 micrograms per cubic meter (90 AQI) in the months of November, December, January and February, according to the communiqué. 

The rule only applies to residences in the South Coast Air Basin at elevations below 3,000 feet, the advisory said. Exemptions to Rule 445 are provided for homes where wood burning is the sole source of heat or in cases in which no natural gas service is available.

For further information on Rule 445 and alternatives to wood burning, go to http://healthyhearths.org.

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