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Temecula Valley Residents Advised Not To Burn Wood In Fireplaces On Dec. 13

A residential wood burning advisory has been issued and residents are asked to please refrain from burning wood throughout the entire day.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District has declared a Residential Wood Burning Advisory for Friday, Dec. 13 in the Temecula Valley.

This means that curtailment of the use of indoor and outdoor residential wood-burning fireplaces and stoves is required due to high predicted fine particulate levels.

When a residential wood burning advisory is issued, the agency asks residents to please refrain from burning wood throughout the entire day.

This program is being implemented under AQMD Rule 445 that requires mandatory wood-burning restrictions when particle pollution gets high during the months of November, December, January and February. This rule only applies to residences in the South Coast Air Basin at elevations below 3,000 feet. Exemptions to Rule 445 are provided for homes where wood burning is the sole source of heat or where no natural gas service is available.

For further information on Rule 445 and alternatives to wood burning, please see http://healthyhearths.org.

SA December 12, 2013 at 06:12 PM
I say everyone should burn more … this is BS special interest group conjuring up something to get money ….
ChrisG December 13, 2013 at 11:05 AM
Interesting the cool months when one would typically want to use their fireplaces or fire pits are the months these restrictions are implemented. If it's not too windy I'll be out back with a cigar, booze and bon fire yelling at my stupid neighbors dog because they don't have the sense to properly train, play with it or get rid of it.
Barb Justiniano December 13, 2013 at 11:24 AM
Particle pollution? I've only lived in Temecula for 3 years now, but never have I heard this before.
JenX December 13, 2013 at 12:53 PM
They also tell us we are in a severe drought and they are constantly raising the price on our water. Yet, they keep building and building homes and apartments. You would think that if there is not enough water they would be be discouraging growth. It's all a scam.

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