Washoe County imposes burn ban

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Updated: 12/10/2013 6:43 am

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Bitter cold temperatures are trapping air pollution in the valleys of western Nevada, prompting Washoe County health officials to issue a ban on using fireplaces, wood or pellet stoves.

The red burning code area encompasses Reno, Sparks and outlying areas from Washoe Valley to Silver Knolls.

The Washoe County Health District says strong temperature inversions and stagnant weather conditions have caused air pollution levels to increase rapidly.

Temperatures in the valleys have plunged to around zero or below in the Reno-Sparks area the past few days, and daytime highs have not made it above freezing.

Cold air traps air pollutants and officials say the region's air quality may be unhealthy for sensitive groups. Health officials say people with heart or lung problems, older adults and children should avoid prolonged exertion.

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CTinreno - 12/10/2013 1:30 PM
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I agree with speed - it is OK for the authorities to give such orders when they can afford their heating bills. If a red code is imposed then there should be some kind of 'break' on electric or gas costs while they are in place.

Speed - 12/10/2013 11:55 AM
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Since people can't use their wood stoves for HEAT,which some on lower income rely on,the Mayor should ask EPA to bring in other types of heaters to those who rely on wood stoves for warmth. Electric heaters,and the power company should give these people a break on their electric bills,since they aren't allowed to use the only heat they can afford. Another option is to allow wood stove use if you can show it's your only source of heat. BTW-it was 10 below zero here when I looked,at 7:30 this AM. (Elko,Nv.)

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