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Fireplaces Banned Again Wednesday in Laguna Beach

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Patch file photo
Better forget about the wood-burning fireplace Wednesday, says the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

Wednesday has been declared a no-burn day for residents of Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. That means residents are prohibited from burning wood or manufactured fire logs in their fireplaces from midnight Wednesday to midnight Thursday.    
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.

Mountain communities above 3,000 feet in elevation are exempt from the program, as are homes that rely on wood as a sole source of heat, low-income households and those without natural gas service.

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Douglas Martin January 30, 2014 at 08:15 AM
What about the fire rings at the state and county beaches? They were blazing away Wednesday. Nobody knew about the alert, including, apparently, the state park rangers.

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