Bad Air for Santa (Air Advisory issued Dec. 24)

Another Air Advisory was issued this morning for the Comox Valley. This is our 4th advisory so far this winter. Not the Christmas present we would hope for.

Inversions are trapping air, and therefore smoke, in the valley. Hopefully Santa and his reindeer have N95 or N99 masks to wear to protect themselves when they drop down to our houses.

Report open burns

Open burning has not been allowed for weeks due to weather conditions. If you see an open burn, please call the RAPP line  (Report all Poachers and Polluters) and report the location (or fill out their online form but it is better to call as they will investigate if the violation is in progress). Your complaint will be anonymous, but they will require your contact information.

You can also call the fire department as they are responsible for enforcing burns in many areas of the Comox Valley.  Yard waste fires in CVRD are apparently not allowed during an advisory.

Wood stove use is legal but hopefully people will consider using other heat sources during this time.

Check weather forecast websites to learn when advisory is over.

UPDATE – Advisory ended Dec. 25th.

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