Washoe County lifts burn ban but curtailment urged

(Bob Chorey)
(Bob Chorey)
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Updated: 1/03/2014 6:42 am

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The air quality is Washoe County has improved enough to once again allow wood burning.

But health officials are urging residents to voluntarily curtail the use of fireplaces, wood stoves and pellet stoves to try to keep air quality from deteriorating.

Temperature inversions and stagnate weather conditions trap pollutants on the valley floors, including particulates from the burning of wood.

The Washoe County Health District on Thursday eased the wood burning code to yellow from red.

A red designation means all wood burning is banned unless it is an only heat source.

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