BN 123016 Smog Inversion 02-1

The downtown area of Ogden, as seen from Malan's Peak, is buried under a blanket of smog from a temperature inversion in Ogden Friday, December 30, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY — The first mandatory air quality action of the winter season goes into effect Wednesday. 

The Utah Department of Environmental Quality has issued a no-burn alert for Wednesday and Thursday in Davis, Weber and Box Elder counties. 

Inversion conditions are developing and will likely continue into early next week, according to the National Weather Service of Salt Lake City

“There looks to be little relief from inversion conditions for the next 7-10 days,” the NWS said. 

High temperatures in Ogden will be in the mid-30s throughout the week, with the low temperatures dipping into the teens and 20s. 

During mandatory no-burn alerts, people are asked to not use solid fuel burning devices, reduce or stop open-burning and reduce vehicle use by consolidating trips. Industries are urged to optimize operating conditions to minimize air pollution emissions.

The air quality is expected to be moderate for all three counties on both days, according to the UDEQ’s forecast. Highly sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion.

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