Air quality regulators extended a binding ban on wood burning indoors and outdoors in large parts of Southland for the third day in a row on Sunday, as high levels of air pollution were forecast in the region.
The residential wood burning ban will be in effect by at least 11:59 p.m. on Monday for everyone in the South Coast Air Basin, including the non-desert portions of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, and all of Orange County, the district said for air quality management on the south coast.
The arrangement does not apply to mountain communities above 3,000 feet, the Coachella Valley, or the high desert. Households that rely on wood as the sole heat source, households with low incomes and those without natural gas supply are also exempt from the requirement.
The no-burn rule prohibits the burning of wood as well as logs made from wax or paper, for example.
Gas and other non-wood-burning fireplaces are not restricted, the SCAQMD said.
Fine particles in wood smoke, also called fine dust or PM2.5, can get deep into the lungs and cause breathing problems such as asthma.
Residents can receive non-incineration day notifications by signing up for Air Alerts via email or text message at www.AirAlerts.org.