Unusual Smog in Southland Prompts Fireplace Ban

``This is the first time AQMD has issued this type of order under this program,'' agency spokesman Sam Atwood told City News Service.

Smog agency officials have banned the use of some home fireplaces starting Saturday at midnight, as an unusual smog pattern prompted air pollution warnings in the downtown Los Angeles area and most of the San Fernando Valley.

This is the first time AQMD has issued this type of order under this
program,'' agency spokesperson Sam Atwood told City News Service.

An unusual weather pattern was blamed for the no-burn order, and
credited with giving the Inland Empire fabulously clean air but setting up the
coastal area and valleys for widespread airborne crud.

"It's our first mandatory no-burn order for the affected area,'' Atwood told CNS.
Starting Saturday at midnight and expected to last until midnight Sunday, wood-burning fireplaces cannot be used in the affected areas.

First-time violators could be fined $50, with fines going up to $500
for repeat offenders.

Such "no burn alerts" are common in Northern and Central California but rare in the Southland.

The affected area includes the central San Fernando Valley -- generally
north of the Ventura (101 and 134) freeways, east of the San Diego (405)
Freeway, south of the Foothill (210) Freeway and west of the Glendale (2)

In the L.A. basin, wood fires are banned generally east of Fairfax Avenue, north of Slauson Avenue, and west of the Long Beach (710) Freeway.

People may enter their zip codes here to see if their areas are affected.

Atwood said the Air Quality Management District enacted new air pollution rules that took effect in November, 2011; the rules gave it the power to temporarily idle fireplaces and other wood fires.

Saturday's ban is the first such prohibition under that program, and it includes  artificial logs and wood pellets.

The National Weather Service said a strong inversion layer and gentle
offshore winds will prevail over the Los Angeles basin Saturday and Sunday,
causing dense overnight fog and warm daytime temperatures.

The marine layer is capped by another layer of hot, dry air at an altitude of
under 400 feet above sea level, the NWS said at noon.

That air is 11 degrees warmer than the surface temperatures, and acts like a cap.

"Dense fog formed under the inversion, and it will be slow to clear,''
the NWS warned.

The weak Santa Ana is triggering canyon winds of just 10-20 miles per
hour, just enough to blow air pollution toward Santa Monica Bay, but not
strong enough to blow it farther.

That prompted the South Coast AQMD to issue a smog forecast for air that
can be unhealthy for people in sensitive groups for Sunday in Metropolitan
Los Angeles and the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys.

Air quality is designated "unhealthful for sensitive groups'' when Air
Quality Indices are from 101 to 150.

At this level, active children and adults, and people with respiratory diseases,  -- such as asthma and emphysema -- should limit prolonged outdoor exertion, the AQMD warned in its daily smog forecasts.

Greater L.A. is expected to see an AQI of 105 Sunday.

The Riverside, Big Bear and Coachella Valley areas are predicted to have
good air quality Sunday, with AQI levels as low as 40.

someonetrue November 25, 2012 at 07:16 AM
totall bull crap the smog fog weve been getting is from the constant offshore and airplane spraying programs, geo engineering aka chem trails
someonetrue November 25, 2012 at 07:22 AM
look it up and watch "why in the world are they spraying" its bigger than most people realize. cant believe they have the balls to blame it on fires
D Shelley November 25, 2012 at 02:29 PM
I certainly agree that it isn't the weather. Lived here all of my life and this type of weather usually brings CLEAR skies. Don't know what is it, but it probably didn't help that we started burning the dirtier (winter) gas earlier than usual. I am older and remember how horrible the skies were when I was a little girl and you often times could barely see across the street. Hope those times never return!
William Korn November 26, 2012 at 08:46 AM
I watched it, and was very disappointed. This is at best a mediocre conspiracy theory, including only the Illuminati, HAARP, and completely bizarre uses of pseudo-scientific terms like "orgone" and "chi" which have nothing to do with the atmosphere. Any conspiracy theory that can't tie in the Mayan calendar, Nibiru, the United Nations and it's black helicopters, UFOs, the alignment of the planets, and Queen Elizabeth II of England is not worth reading. Or is Queen Elizabeth II part of the Illuminati? I forget. Also, representing jet contrails as an example of "geoengineering" is pathetic. Contrails have been around since World War II, when airplanes could fly high enough that their exhaust cooled rapidly and formed "clouds". Has the conspiracy really been going on for 70 years? What sneaky, persistent people those Illuminati are!
William Korn November 26, 2012 at 09:07 AM
With respect, Ms. Shelley, the weather conditions we're experiencing right now have been happening from time to time since before the Los Angeles Basin was first settled by human beings. Google "advection fog" and "inversion layer", both of which are common features of weather in the Los Angeles Basin, particularly in the early winter and early summer. The inversion layer keeps things like auto exhaust, smoke from factories, oil refineries, etc., and...yes...smoke from wood-burning fireplaces from rising high into the sky and dissipating. If you've lived here all your life you surely heard the terms "inversion layer" and "marine layer" (LA's particular type of "advection fog") on the news in those bad old heavy-smog days.
D Shelley November 26, 2012 at 01:18 PM
William, I certainly understand about inversion layers. What is missing for me is the type of pollution that would bring on what I saw happening in the sky the other day. I work in the OC and, while I have driven into fog in the past, what I saw happening resembled a dust storm without wind or when brush fires are burning. I work outdoors and we were looking up through the trees at what seemed to be fine particles floating in the air saying, "What IS that stuff? - is there a fire somewhere?" Yes, I understand that the L.A. basin has always been the valley of smoke, but there was no source of major pollution going on that day and the ban was crazy specific about where it applied to. I have never seen a major smog alert that split areas of the basin like this one did (and I am old enough to remember incinerators in my back yard as a toddler with designated "burn days"! These were NOT particularly cold days, nor is S. Cal an area where people regularly burn wood to heat their houses. In my neighborhood of older homes that all have wood burning fireplaces and big trees that provide a lot of wood, the people who have a fire generally have them on cold rainy days or during the holidays, NOT during relatively nice fall weather.. I am certainly not ready to fall in with the being-sprayed-by-aliens crowd, but something out of the ordinary was going on the other day and I don't think the media gave us complete answers (or even asked much in the way of questions).....
William Korn November 27, 2012 at 05:07 AM
I noticed a low layer of something way off to the south while traipsing around the upper reaches of Altadena a day or three ago. I took it to be the remnant of the advection fog hugging the coast, but it's hard to get a good idea of where it was from 30-odd miles away. If there was a strong inversion at the time, the particles could have come from a not-so-large fire that wouldn't have attracted the attention of the media. The smoke would spread horizontally for quite some distance just below the inversion layer. See, for example, http://www.marlborough.govt.nz/Environment/Air-Quality/Smoke-and--Smog.aspx
donna mills November 28, 2012 at 04:09 AM
A person who goes to absurd and lengthly measures to debunk the spraying of chem-trails on the cities of the world from jet airplanes probably has a vested interest--obviously a CEO for the biotech corp that makes the chemicals; or, this person could be living in that oxymoronic (pun intended) hypothetical (pathetic?) state known as: De Nile; aka, denial! My boyfriend in London has told me that they are getting hit BIG with them over there. He, and others have filmed them in the making, and they don't act like "con-trails". They hang around. If there were any comparison of chem-trails to "con-trails", we wouldn't be having this discussion, now would we? In that we wouldn't have anything to be concerned about ( - Freemasonry, the illuminati, and human origins are all up for interpretation by the individual, like religion is. But, even for those with the most limited knowledge of science, know that it doesn't take a nuclear physicist to differentiate between the behavior of a chem trail and a common jet con trail. Really makes you question the motive behind the act of debunking of legitimate issues like these. I suspect the same debunker for the existence of chem trails is also in the business of denying the existence of global warming too. To this person I say: "It's obvious all that GMO food you're consuming surely must be the real problem" ~DM ( -
D Shelley November 28, 2012 at 05:16 AM
WIlliam, If there was a not-so-large-fire that hadn't attracted the attention of the media, I would imagine that when the government began calling for a ban on household fires that the media might begin mentioning that insignificant fire!
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