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Wood-Burning Ban Issued for Diamond Bar and Walnut Today

This is the eighth ban issued since the season started Nov. 1.

Smog blankets Los Angeles.
Smog blankets Los Angeles.
Diamond Bar and Walnut residents are prohibited from burning their wood fireplaces today.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District has issued a no burn alert due to "elevated fine particulate levels," according to a news release.  

"No-burn alerts are called when air quality is forecast to be elevated due to fine particulate levels (PM2.5)," officials said. "Wood smoke contains hundreds of contaminants including PM2.5, a pollutant linked to increased emergency room visits and hospitalizations, as well as increased risk of heart attacks and early deaths."

Los Angeles County residents can not burn wood or manufactured fire logs in their fireplaces through midnight. This burn alert marks the eighth one this season, which started Nov. 1 and ends Feb. 28, officials said. 

No burn alerts do not apply to mountain communities above 3,000 feet.

Those who live in homes that rely on wood as the only heat source and low-income households, and those without natural gas service are exempt from the ban.

Residents can enter their ZIP code at www.aqmd.gov on no burn days to see if they live in an affected area. To sign up for daily reports on air quality and Check Before You Burn alerts visit www.airalerts.org or call SCAQMD’s 24-hour Check Before You Burn toll-free line at 866-966-3293.

For further information on Check Before You Burn and alternatives to wood burning, see www.healthyhearths.org.
RAYSAY January 29, 2014 at 06:13 PM
Yea right ;) Nice photo AQMD, what year was that?
Concerned Parent January 30, 2014 at 09:20 AM
Actually, having walked over Walnut hills last afternoon, the air quality was terrible, worse than 1980s...
RAYSAY January 31, 2014 at 04:45 PM
I get your ‘concern’, and agree there are always better days of air in SGV; but these ‘Ban Wood Burning Alerts’ are a little over the top in it’s so-call urgency , and minuscule at best in solving a real pollution problem coming from the East, who are thanking us for all the manufacturing outsourcing to them by exporting there now new western style of living like it was in the sixties of smog alerts and real hard to breath lungs back to us. These ‘alerts’ I sense are more of a flexing their muscle of control using a dash of fear which always works well for subliminal obedience. But of course that falls into the category of the ‘C’ word, so it can’t be that. Not to digress, but most of southern California was called the ‘Valley of the Smoke’ by the Chumash Tribe, long before the combustion engine. In other words we will always have some kind of layer of not so clean air that we like. Where is the concern for Fukushima’s gift coming our way, and the ‘those aren’t chemtrails’ polluters. And finally; wood burning is not only environmental friendly but actually adds carbon dioxide back to the atmosphere which exhales back to us oxygen by a neighboring plant. South Coast Air Quality Management District, knows this, and if not they should, which is other example of a Fed-run outfit, because its Environmental 101. I guess the office that handles Diamond Bar, didn’t get the memo that The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has specifically exempted outdoor wood furnaces from its emissions regulations.5 This pass was given because all science says wood burning is natural and good for the atmosphere unlike oil and coal. For the record I haven’t used my fireplace in almost 5yrs, it’s not a personal rebuttal.

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