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Klamath County May Face Tighter Air Quality Rules

Klamath County could face tighter regulations on burning next year as a result of weather conditions that have led to high concentrations of fine particles in the air this winter.

The Klamath Falls Herald and News reports that cold weather, a temperature inversion and stagnant air have combined to trap the particles from burning wood and fuel exhaust.

The county was out of compliance with federal standards on Wednesday for a second time, and projections for Saturday would bring make for a third time.

That would mean the region hasn’t met its goals, leading to tighter 2014 restrictions, including a ban on open fireplaces and further regulation of industry.

A county commissioner says he’ll seek an exception on the grounds the recent conditions are an extreme weather event.

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