Residents are prohibited from burning wood in their fireplaces today in Cerritos and Artesia 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.
- To find out how this order is enforced, see this story.
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.Facebook. Follow us on Twitter and Sign up for the daily email with links to the latest local news.