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No-Burn Alert Issued for Thursday

Central areas of Orange County and the southern portion of Los Angeles County are affected.

Patch file photo
Patch file photo

Residents are prohibited from burning wood in their fireplaces Thursday in Los Alamitos and Seal Beach through midnight, because of elevated fine particulate levels predicted by the South Coast Air Quality Management District, officials said.

The no-burn alert is in effect in the central areas of Orange County, and the southern portion of Los Angeles County, the SCAQMD reported. 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.

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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