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Washoe County Health District Issues Red Burn Code

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From Washoe County Health District:

Strong temperature inversions and stagnant weather conditions have caused air pollution levels to rapidly increase. Therefore, the Washoe County Health District, Air Quality Management Division has issued a Red Burn Code until further notice. 

Use of fireplaces, wood stoves, and pellet stoves is prohibited.

The Air Quality Index (AQI) may be Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups at times meaning people with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion. Everyone else should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion.

If you rely on wood burning as your only source of heating, you must submit a Sole Source of Heat Declaration to the AQMD each winter season. Contact the AQMD at (775) 784-7200 for a declaration form or visit www.ourcleanair.com. Other exemptions include fireplaces and stoves that operate exclusively with natural gas or propane, non-permitted cooking devices, and ceremonial fires related to specific religious activities.

Check www.ourcleanair.com for more information and www.airnow.gov for hourly AQI updates for the Reno/Sparks area. 

Also - if a resident lives outside of the zip codes listed, they are exempted from the burn code:

89431, 89433, 89434, 89436, 89439,
89441, 89501, 89502, 89503, 89506,
89509, 89511, 89512, 89519, 89521,
89523, 89595, 89704

From the Washoe County Health District

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