Burn ban

No-Burn Alert in Effect on Christmas in Many Parts of Southern California

The mandatory wood-burning ban is in effect through 11:59 p.m. Friday

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Residents in much of the South Coast Air Quality Management District are prohibited from indoor and outdoor wood burning on Christmas Day due to a forecast of high air pollution in the area. 

The mandatory wood-burning ban is in effect through 11:59 p.m. Friday for all those in the South Coast Air Basin, including Orange County and non- desert portions of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. 

The order does not apply to mountain communities above 3,000 feet in elevation, the Coachella Valley or the high desert. 

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Fine particles in wood smoke, also known as particulate matter or PM2.5, can get deep into the lungs and cause respiratory problems such as asthma. 

Penalties for violating a wood-burning ban are completion of a wood smoke awareness course or $50 the first time, $150 or proof of installing a gas fireplace the second time and $500 the third time, according to AQMD Rule 445.

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