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Wood Burning Code Season Ends; Woodstove Rebates Coming

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From Washoe County Health District:

The annual residential wood burning color code season ends on February 28. The Washoe County Health District, Air Quality Management Division (AQMD) uses the Keep It Clean – Know the Code - Green, Yellow, Red Burn Code Program and the website www.OurCleanAir.com to inform area residents whether or not lighting stoves or fireplaces is allowed, or advisable. The program runs annually from the first day of November through the last day of February.

"Typically, when we reach march, the weather conditions are such that it helps reduce air pollution or helps keep it from building up," said Dan Inouye, the branch chief for the Air Quality Management Division. "Typically, in December or into January, we see those strong temperature inversions that just trap all the pollution into the valleys."

 The 2013/2014 Know the Code program and AQMD notified Washoe County residents of 30 Yellow and 15 Red Burn Code occurrences this season. In particular, December's stagnant weather conditions contributed to cold temperatures, calm winds, and elevated fine particulate matter (PM2.5) concentrations. The burn code was Yellow or Red most of the month.
 
"The Air Quality Management Division thanks all of our partners, such as the National Weather Service and local television, radio, and print media, for providing the community timely air quality information to Keep it Clean," said AQMD Director Charlene Albee. "It's only through a community-wide cooperative effort like we have here in Washoe County, that we are able to reduce poor air quality days and keep our air clean and healthy," Albee added.
 
Washoe County residents will soon have an opportunity to Keep it Clean and save money too.  Up to $1,100 will be available for residents in qualifying ZIP codes for replacing their old, inefficient, high polluting woodstove with a newer, cleaner stove.  Additional details will be available in early March at www.OurCleanAir.com.
 
The Know the Code program will resume on November 1, 2014.

From Washoe County Health District

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