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UPDATE: Residential No-Burn Alert Extended to Saturday

SCAQMD Check Before You Burn Map for 1/4/2014
SCAQMD Check Before You Burn Map for 1/4/2014
A no-burn alert that includes residents who live below 3,000 feet elevation in the San Gorgonio Pass has been extended to Saturday due to pollution forecasts, South Coast Air Quality Management District officials said Friday.

The ban on burning wood in residential fireplaces on Jan. 4 brings the total of no-burn alerts issued by the district since Nov. 1 to five.

District officials are issuing more residential no-burn alerts this season because they amended their residential wood burning and open burning programs in May 2013 to lower the pollution threshold level that triggers mandatory no-burn days, district spokeswoman Tina Cox said Thursday.

"It was anticipated that lowering the threshold would trigger more no-burn days," Cox said. "The Check Before You Burn season ends on February 28."

The district's no-burn alerts do not apply to mountain communities above 3,000 feet in elevation, the Coachella Valley or the High Desert, SCAQMD officials said.

"Homes that rely on wood as a sole source of heat, low-income households and those without natural gas service also are exempt from the requirement," district officials said. 

A list of exemptions to the South Coast Air Quality Management District restrictions of burning wood in residential fireplaces includes:

- Households above an elevation of 3,000 feet.

- Wood-burning devices that are a household's sole source of heat

- Low-income households

- Properties where there is no existing infrastructure for natural gas service within 150 feet of the property line

- Ceremonial fires exempted under Rule 444 - Open Burning

Here's the district's statement issued Friday Jan. 3:

Residents living in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area, Orange County and the Inland Empire are not permitted to burn wood in their fireplaces today (Friday, January 03, 2014) or tomorrow (Saturday, January 04, 2014) due to elevated fine particulate levels predicted by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD).

Residents in these areas are prohibited from burning wood or manufactured fire logs in their fireplaces from midnight Friday morning to midnight on Saturday night.

SCAQMD's no-burn alerts do not apply to mountain communities above 3,000 feet in elevation, the Coachella Valley and the High Desert. Homes that rely on wood as a sole source of heat, low-income households and those without natural gas service also are exempt from the requirement.

On a no-burn day, residents can enter their ZIP code at www.aqmd.gov to see if they live in an affected area. They can also sign up for daily reports on air quality and Check Before You Burn alerts at www.airalerts.org or call SCAQMD’s 24-hour Check Before You Burn toll-free line at (866) 966-3293.

SCAQMD’s Check Before You Burn program, in effect each winter from Nov. 1 to the end of February, is designed to protect public health by minimizing harmful wood smoke from residential wood burning. No-burn alerts are called when air quality is forecast to be elevated due to fine particulate levels (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.

SCAQMD is the air pollution control agency for major portions of L.A., San Bernardino and Riverside counties and all of Orange county. For more info on Check Before You Burn and alternatives to wood burning, see www.healthyhearths.org.
ATC January 04, 2014 at 10:45 AM
Woohoo!!! Two nights in a row for me to use my fireplace! SCAQMD can sit and spin.
Libi Uremovic January 04, 2014 at 11:49 AM
the pass area is exempt because it's 'low income'....
ATC January 04, 2014 at 12:47 PM
STFU Libi.
Claire Frémont-Hampton January 04, 2014 at 01:03 PM
That does not make sense, to say an entire area is exempt. That would mean all within it are low income, and that all then heat their homes only with wood. Wood fireplaces are not good for heat, truly, so I do not understand that point.
Libi Uremovic January 04, 2014 at 01:37 PM
low income households are exempt regardless of whether they have other heating sources.... ignorance = poverty ...people with the mentality of atc are usually low income and it isn't worth the government's time to try to deal with them.... air quality is issuing the bans, but there are a lot of other factors involved in controlling wood burning fires.... cali just had its driest record in 34 years ....when the air and ground are this dry a tiny ember from a fire can travel through the air .... don't they teach this stuff in boy scouts and summer camp anymore ?? every year dozens of homeowners in cali are victims of fires started from one person's carelessness.... go ahead and light a fire if you makes you feel big, but remember that the 1st person's house you burn down will probably be your own....
Claire Frémont-Hampton January 04, 2014 at 02:22 PM
Yes, I understand the risk of fire danger that may result, but still, the blanket statement that the entire Pass area is under the poverty level? All those new homes, even though without property, seem not to be in poverty level. What is the poverty level here?
Libi Uremovic January 04, 2014 at 02:56 PM
the pass area has the lowest rental rates and home values in the state ..... a new 3 bedroom home in the pass area is the price of a 1-bedroom apartment everywhere else in the state......
Rob Turmer January 04, 2014 at 02:56 PM
Thanks libi- we're all dumb and stupid here in the pass, which is why you can't get enough of us. Give me a break.
Libi Uremovic January 04, 2014 at 03:05 PM
you all act like your dumb and stupid .... you don't understand the basic laws of the state or the basic laws of nature..... i can understand if people are not from this state, but anyone from cali should know about the cali ecosystem....
Jeremiah January 04, 2014 at 04:26 PM
Libi - do you understand just how dumb and stupid it makes YOU look to be involving yourself in an issue hundreds of miles from your home that you obviously know nothing about? **** If you want something to do, find an explanation why for over 20 years each year the SCAQMD has released reports saying that their policies have cleaned up our air and we have cleaner air as time goes by? You're the conspiracy theorist - now you're siding with an agency that has been accused more often than just about any other of corruption and adjusting their policies to the highest bidder? Maybe they should be working to clean up industrial facilities and power plants which emit the majority of the PM2.5 pollutants before they start on residential home-owners? You kind of seem like you are playing both sides against the middle trying to stir something, anything, up here in Banning so you can be noticed. You have a negative comment for everything and are already talking smack about the council and the police department and making your vitriolic statements. Is it lonely for you in Sacramento? Nobody will listen to you in the Capitol? I thought you went there because they needed you to show them how to do proper accounting and how to prosecute cases? **** Jeremiah
ATC January 04, 2014 at 05:41 PM
Some fireplaces are indeed very effective for heating. My dad, on Oak Glen Rd, has used his fireplace for heating exclusively since he moved in back in 1969. There was no gas available in the area when the house was built, and he still has no gas at all in the home. The fireplace was very well designed, being very effective and efficient, and became even more so about 15 years ago when he installed an insert (similar to a wood burning stove) in it. That increased the heat output and at the same time decreased the amount of wood required by 2/3. ******* Libi, the entire city of Banning is NOT exempt from the wood burning ban because of low income (my household income is more than $130K, not rich but certainly not poverty level). And the wood burning ban has nothing to do with fire hazards (or the program would be in effect during the summer, not for just a few winter months); it has only to do with projected PM (particulate matter) pollution. So please take your stupidity elsewhere; you are straying dangerously towards another of your "off-your-meds" breakdowns.
Libi Uremovic January 04, 2014 at 06:45 PM
''...my household income is more than $130K,..' yea, we all knew you were a profiteer on the government payroll....
a litttle justice January 04, 2014 at 06:54 PM
Libi. How in the world do you know ATC is a "government profiteer" just because he stated that his household income is more than $130K? You provide additional proof everyday that you are one ignorant human being. And I'm using the term loosely!
Libi Uremovic January 04, 2014 at 07:03 PM
let him prove me wrong .....he can't because he has to stay in hiding.... because he's a beggar from the government and he doesn't want anyone to know who he is..... o' what a wicked web we weave...ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
a litttle justice January 04, 2014 at 07:38 PM
Libi. ATC is not in hiding. He just told you his father lives on Oak Glen Rd. in his previous post. His father is Kenneth. He is Gary Hironimus. You're not as bright as you profess to be are you? HaHaHa...LOL
Libi Uremovic January 04, 2014 at 07:54 PM
i've expose who atc is, so yea, i guess i am as bright as i think i am... ...unless he's like to deny that he's gary hironimus ...
a litttle justice January 04, 2014 at 08:10 PM
Libi...How can he stay in hiding if you have already exposed him. I missed that post. If you were to re post that dated & time stamped post, I would stand corrected and apologize.
Libi Uremovic January 04, 2014 at 08:44 PM
'...Libi...How can he stay in hiding if you have already exposed him....' i didn't expose him - you did... it didn't do any good to give me his name - i still don't know who he is...i don't know anyone in that area nor do i care, but his neighbors need to know who he is .... if he wants to support government corruption then let him do it openly and proudly ......
ATC January 04, 2014 at 08:53 PM
@Libi: "...ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha...etc, etc, etc..." Yup, it's official, the meds are gone. ******* justice, that's a pretty good guess...wrong, but a good guess nonetheless.
ATC January 04, 2014 at 09:06 PM
Oh, and the last thing any of my friends or neighbors would say is that I support government corruption; that's the funniest accusation yet. Those who actually do know who I am would laugh their asses off at that idea.
Libi Uremovic January 04, 2014 at 09:18 PM
i'm sure all of your friends are big men like yourself rambling off 'it's the liberal's fault' and 'it's the illegal's fault' mantra while your community is pillaged.... the citizens of banning have their heads so far in the sand that their city was able to sneak in a tank right under your noses.... your corrupt chief of police just walked off with $1/4 million bucks and a golden ticket to the sheriff's dept.......
Jeremiah January 04, 2014 at 09:28 PM
And you know absolutely nothing about it, Libi, except for what you've read in the Patch. This makes you an expert on all things Banning? No, it makes you a foolish big-mouth woman who has spent the last few days looking for something to harp on and make yourself feel good. Take care of Sacramento - we don't need you or want you here. Even the ones of us who disagree on other things agree on this. Come back when you're on your meds again and not out of control, which is obvious to everyone. Quit embarrassing yourself!!!! **** Jeremiah
Jeremiah January 04, 2014 at 09:30 PM
If you cannot afford the meds, let us know - as bad as you have treated everyone, there are some of us who would still take up a collection and help. **** Jeremiah
ATC January 04, 2014 at 10:21 PM
And Libi, you've still never addressed the question of why you advocate tax fraud on your website; a question that's been asked of you multiple times, by multiple people, for many months. Any response (finally), or just more uneducated attacks on people you know nothing about?
Rob Turmer January 05, 2014 at 12:45 AM
I'll chip in for those meds Jerry.
Libi Uremovic January 05, 2014 at 07:23 AM
making up lies when a person can't understand or figure out the truth is a very primal response ..... and although you think you can 'quit anytime you want' the reality is that you've relied on lies instead of facts and now lies are a crutch that you rely on ................... you local government - the one you and no one else but you are responsible to control - is corrupt because they know their citizenry is weak .... the soul is a very fragile thing .... lies and distortions of reality fractures the soul....but it doesn't effect me at all....
Libi Uremovic January 05, 2014 at 07:29 AM
oscar wilde wrote about how evil scars the soul in 'the portrait of dorian gray'..... people tell themselves that their lies and deceit don't effect them or it doesn't matter ..... that's how evil tricks you....
Libi Uremovic January 05, 2014 at 07:36 AM
p.s. - i know that you're trying to make a joke about 'meds' , but mental illness is nothing to make fun of.... and again - primal response.... you're a group of adults that pride yourselves in having the mentality of a 5th grade gang of thugs..... it's the best you can do for yourselves because you've never developed into intelligent adults.... and you can't 'grow up' now - it's too late .... if i had kids going to school in the pass area i'd be freaking out ...
Jeremiah January 05, 2014 at 09:14 AM
No, Libi, I am not trying to make a joke. I see a real problem here and so do others. I know we have never gotten along, but the offer of help was serious. You go through cycles from being very intelligent to "out there". For example: this thing with Banning. 1) You have never met or spoken to any of the old or new council. 2) You have never met or spoken to any person in the police department. 3) you don't have one shred of documentation to support the accusations you make - at least with Beaumont you took the time to get the documents so that you had some validity. 4) no one has asked you to get involved in any way - your services are not wanted or needed here. 5) You live hundreds of miles away and have much greater problems in your home town of Sacramento.You should be involved there, not here - it is the capitol and effects every county, city and town in California. **** I have experience in the mental health field and I see a problem and I am not making fun of you. You do well at covering your depressed/down phase, but when you are manic you splash posts and opinions all over the Patch on every subject. I understand what you are doing - you go on these crusades of your own making to create focus and stabilize yourself - now that you have worn Beaumont out, you are looking for another and creating your own with Banning and trying to turn every little issue into a conspiracy/corruption issue. You are "high-functioning" in your trouble and probably believe that you don't need meds, even though I am almost completely certain they have been prescribed for you in the past. If you aren't taking meds, you should be, or at least research dealing with it through holistic medicine if you have reservations about regular meds (I do). My offer was sincere and so was Robbie Turner's - and I am sure there are others here who would help as well if you simply cannot afford them. That is nothing to be ashamed of. **** Jeremiah
rubberband January 06, 2014 at 08:40 PM
.....and that folks, is what we call "end game" regardless of what side of the fence you stand on.....Having had intense experience, both due to some of the work I've done and having three mentally ill family members; It's accurate to say that it is very evident when someone who struggles with a certain type of mental illness is in a "manic phase"....it NEVER feels or seems obvy to the ill person, however to others, especially people who have experience with manic- depressives, it is quite clear. Some people cycle faster or have "triggers" that can start the manic phase into motion. Even with video/audio and proof, most ill people have a very hard time "seeing" they are in a cycle, and do not like the way meds make them feel. Most manic-depressives hate the lows, and will take meds when the depressive cycle is in play, but tend to enjoy and even feel very positive and powerful when the manic phases hit...Who'd want to lose the feeling of being very smart, strong, more knowledgeable...who'd want to lose the high they get when the manic cycle kicks in? I've been told it's like knowing everything, and having SUPER capability and "insider info"....most don't want to miss out on that period so they frequently go off meds when the highs level out... True story. Advice that was given many times over...unless you are in a place to actually help, best to not respond at all. And Jer, I'd agree...we don't get mad at people and blame them for being diabetic, so why get hostile toward someone who is mentally ill? Maybe because we cannot SEE it ravaging them...and it's hard to know when they are ill or not just being horrid humans. Happy New Year, Beaumont/Banning. Have a safe and happy 2014.

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