By CBSLA Staff

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The South Coast Air Quality Management District issued a no-burn day for Thursday, prohibiting Southland residents from burning wood both inside and outside due to high air pollution.

The mandatory wood-burning ban will be in effect through 11:59 p.m. Thursday for residents in the South Coast Air Basin which includes Orange County and non-desert portions of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

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The order does not apply to mountain communities above 3,000 feet, the Coachella Valley or the high desert.

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Fine particles in wood smoke, also known as particulate matter or PM2.5, can get deep into the lungs and cause respiratory problems such as asthma.

Residents can receive no-burn day notifications by signing up at www.AirAlerts.org.

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