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No Burn Days Hurting Firewood Sales

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, January 30, 2012

Linda Noe is with Tony's Firewood in Citrus Heights. 

"We probably lost in November/December even half of January about 75% of our orders because of the "no burn days."

Noe says she hasn't had to lay off any of her employees. She says given the state of the economy, many of them are satisfied to work part-time. Noe says she's counting on more wet weather this winter to help spur sales.

"I hope we get rain because we do need the water. But of course, not being able to burn not only affects my business but other businesses."

Since November 1st, the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District has declared only 37-days as "legal to burn."

District officials say wood burning creates fine particulate matter that has been linked to increased frequency and severity of respiratory illnesses like asthma, bronchitis and lung disease.  

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