Authorities with the Southern California Air Quality Management District have issued a no-burn alert effective today, Jan. 29, for the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area due to "elevated fine particulate levels."
Residents are prohibited from burning wood or manufactured logs in fireplaces until midnight Wednesday, authorities said. The no-burn alert does not apply to residents in communities above the 3,000-foot sea level mark, low-income households and those that rely on wood burning as a sole source of heat.
No-burn alerts are issued due to elevated levels of particulates (PM 2.5).
If residents are unsure if the no-burn alert applies to them, they can simply enter their ZIP code at the aqmd website. Residents can also sign up for email alerts to receive information on air quality and no-burn alerts at airalerts.org.
The Southern California Air Quality Management District is the air pollution control agency for Orange County and most areas of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.