Wood-Burning Fireplaces Prohibited Friday in San Juan Capistrano

You may want to hold off on lighting those logs.

Friday is a no-burn day for fireplaces in San Juan Capistrano. Patch file photo.
Friday is a no-burn day for fireplaces in San Juan Capistrano. Patch file photo.
By Peter Schelden 

Planning on greeting the weekend by relaxing in front of your wood-burning fireplace Friday? Better think again, says the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

Friday has been declared a no-burn day for residents of Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. That means residents are prohibited from burning wood or manufactured fire logs in their fireplaces from midnight Thursday to midnight Friday.    
No-burn alerts are called when air quality is forecast to be unhealthy because of 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.

Mountain communities above 3,000 feet in elevation are exempt from the program, as are homes that rely on wood as a sole source of heat, low-income households and those without natural gas service.

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Gus Gunderson December 13, 2013 at 07:56 PM
Who exactly enforces this?
Matthew Keune December 13, 2013 at 10:49 PM
I was thinking the same thing.
Elsa December 14, 2013 at 08:32 AM
Matthew Keune December 14, 2013 at 04:04 PM
What is INS?
Donna Fleming December 15, 2013 at 12:14 PM
Who enforces this? San Juan Cap is a mile from the ocean. Who's brain child was this new regulation.
bbq December 15, 2013 at 02:27 PM
I guess you have to turn your neighbors in. Isn't that what happened in Nazi Germany back in 1939 or so?
Whiskey Bent December 15, 2013 at 03:22 PM
I just noticed on Councilman Reeve facebook page he rightfully mocks this law. Jonathon Volzke defends it. Shocked I am not.
Donna Fleming December 15, 2013 at 04:06 PM
This is rediculous. More government control. This used to be a small live and let live town. Now it is all about politics, money and who is in control.
shelly December 17, 2013 at 10:54 AM
"Residents living in the South Coast Air Basin are not permitted to burn wood in their fireplaces today due to elevated fine particulate levels forecast by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD)." ____________________________________________________ It was only one day, and it has nothing to do with politics. Did you not read the article or just the headline?
Whiskey Bent December 17, 2013 at 12:54 PM
Not only can we read everything we can actually think. It's nice to know law has nothing to do with politics.
Donna Fleming December 17, 2013 at 01:18 PM
Laws in California One may not carry a lunch down the street between 11 and 1 o’clock. It is illegal to shoot jackrabbits from the back of a streetcar. It is illegal for a secretary to be alone in a room with her boss. The owners of houses with Christmas lights on them past February second may be fined up to $250. Children may not wear a halloween mask unless they get a special permit from the sheriff. One may not use one’s own restroom if the window is open. Be sure to follow all of these laws currently on the books in California.
bbq December 17, 2013 at 03:01 PM
And damn those cave men for clogging up the emergency rooms with their wood burning fires!
Gus Gunderson December 17, 2013 at 05:26 PM
I did not see anyone walking around with AQMD windbreaker on looking for offenders.
shelly December 18, 2013 at 01:56 PM
bbq, I don't think cave men had to worry about car and industry pollutants, a population of millions as well as the smoke from their wood burning fires. Do you disagree with the ban?
shelly December 18, 2013 at 02:03 PM
It was only one day. And I guess they just trusted people not to burn because not burning one day would benefit us all living here. You may not know someone with asthma, lung or heart disease so you may not notice the affects of poor air quality or pollutants. Some of you act like it is a crime to ask you to not burn for one day, just one, for the benefit of all. I am thankful that most of the people I know do think of others.
shelly December 18, 2013 at 02:12 PM
I am thankful I live in a place where we (or at least the majority of people) consider the health and well being of ourselves and others. We could go backwards and not care at all and end up with the air quality of China. http://www.theatlantic.com/china/archive/2013/12/chinas-air-pollution-is-so-awful-you-can-see-it-from-space/282272/ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/09/china-smog-sees-catwalk-m_n_4412534.html
Donna Fleming December 18, 2013 at 03:17 PM
Cheap shot Shelly..... Your implication is that only you and your friends think of others.
bbq December 18, 2013 at 04:13 PM
I am much more concerned with all the other crap we are breathing in on a daily basis than I am with a few wood burning fireplaces. It's a joke.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) December 18, 2013 at 04:30 PM
And again today http://sanjuancapistrano.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/no-wood-burning-in-fireplaces-today-sanjuancapistrano
shelly December 19, 2013 at 10:52 AM
Donna Fleming, Your comments and others insult the work that South Coast Air Quality Management District does for us. This agency is here to protect us all. What does it matter if we are right by the Ocean. I go to the beach almost every day and lately when you look out to Catalina or the horizon there is a brown haze. It is ugly in the day but it makes for beautiful sunsets. My comments were directed at those who think that people need to breath clean air. I do not think it is a conspiracy theory or an infringement on my rights if I am asked to not burn for one or two or even weeks at a time. The agency above measures air quality. Fireplaces are not filtered. They put out the particulates. And it is not a few burning wood fireplaces but many and their output adds to all the other stuff in the air we breath. I believe the scientists. And I can only go by the comments on this board. If you do not think it is important for people not to burn then prove to us why not, scientifically. http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/newsreleases/2011/february/air-pollutants-from-fireplaces-and-wood-burning-stoves-raise-health-concerns.html


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