City to implement winter 'no burn' days for fireplaces
Posted at: 10/09/2013 9:41 PM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Temperatures are expected to plummet later this week, so expect the chimneys to be billowing with smoke as New Mexicans try to keep warm.
On some days, the City of Albuquerque will issue a "no burn day" meaning that your fireplace shouldn't be in use.
It's part of the Winter Advisory "no-burn" program.
The program watches the weather conditions to help keep pollution low and help people with respiratory issues, including asthma.
Those weather conditions are dry air and light winds, according Air Quality Meteorologist Jeff Stonesifer.
Only some residents can keep their fireplace on if they fall under the city's exemptions, which are for medical purposes, if it's the only source of heat, if the family is low-income, or if the resident has an EPA-certified wood-burning device.
If you aren't exempt and still burn on those days, the city may step in.
"If people continue to do that, there's enforcement action that begins following that notice, such a civil penalty," stated Damon Reyes.
However, because of the heavy rains this past monsoon season, officials say that the conditions needed for those "no burn" days make take longer to go into effect, meaning that you can use your fireplace to keep warm more often.