How does LRAPA determine the day's advisory?
To determine the advisory, LRAPA considers current air pollution levels, weather forecasts and the Air Quality Index - a national index used for rating air quality. LRAPA uses the newer PM2.5 (particles 2.5 microns or smaller) standard in determining the daily advisory. This standard is more protective of human health than the older PM10 (particles 10 microns or smaller) standard.

Generally, when air quality nears the unhealthy range for sensitive groups of people, LRAPA calls a "YELLOW" advisory cautioning residents against burning. When air quality approaches the unhealthy range for the general population, LRAPA generally calls a "RED" advisory, requesting that burning in wood stoves and fireplaces is halted.

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1. Are there exemptions to the program?
2. Where can I find the day's advisory?
3. How does LRAPA determine the day's advisory?
4. What is Particulate Pollution?
5. What are the health effects?
6. What can I do to improve air quality?