Residents are prohibited from burning wood in their fireplaces through midnight Saturday in Rancho Santa Margarita because
of elevated fine particulate levels predicted by the South Coast Air Quality Management District, officials said.
The no-burn alert will be in effect in Orange, greater Los Angeles County and the Inland Empire, the SCAQMD reported Friday. No-burn alerts are called when air quality is forecast to be unhealthy due to fine particulate levels known as PM2.5. 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.
- To find out how this order is enforced, see this story.
Anyone who is interested in finding out more about the no-burn alert order can check out airalerts.org and enter their zip codes. For more information on Check Before You Burn and alternatives to wood burning, visit healthyhearths.org.
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