Unless you were one of the dozen people who receive the press releases from the South Coast Air Quality management District in Southern California, you did not know it was illegal to use your fireplace yesterday. You might have been one of the few thousand, out of 15 million that caught the notice as part of the evening news—but seriously, how many watch the late night news?
Then, if you did illegally use your fireplace, who knew, unless a snitch turned you in. Does the agency have monitors driving around the communities of Southern California looking for a recalcitrant trying to stay warm using their fireplaces? The good news is that only electrons were disturbed, no trees were killed to send the unnoticed notice. Here is an idea, the agency can save money by not having personnel send out notices nobody reads or abides by.
“Under the alert issued by the South Coast Air Quality Management District, residents are barred from burning wood in fireplaces until midnight.” What a waste of electrons.
Posted by Debbie L. Sklar, My NewsLA, 2/4/15
A residential no-burn alert will be in effect Wednesday in the South Coast Air Basin — which includes the greater Los Angeles area, Orange County and the Inland Empire — due to a forecast of fine particle air pollution.
Under the alert issued by the South Coast Air Quality Management District, residents are barred from burning wood in fireplaces until midnight.
“No-burn alerts are mandatory in order to protect public health due to a high concentration of fine particle air pollution forecast for the area,” according to the SCAQMD. “The no-burn prohibition also applies to manufactured fire logs, such as those made from wax or paper.”
The prohibition does not apply to mountain communities above 3,000 feet, the Coachella Valley or the high desert.