Recreational Fires Must Be Eliminated

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The air is smoky from burning wood in North St. Paul, MN, almost every evening. It is a nightmare. What used to be a nice place to live has become a living hell.

WARNING: If you buy a house in North St. Paul, MN, you will regret it! It may be the biggest, most expensive mistake you ever make. You will breathe smoky air almost every day of your life in this town. This is not an exaggeration. The wood smoke in this town gets heavy and gets heavy often. When you want to get out of this dump of a town, how many people do you think are going to want to buy a house in a city where heavy air pollution every night is normal and clean air is rare? This blog gets thousands of visitors every year. The word is out: North St. Paul is a horrible place to live!

Fresh air is very rare around here. If you are considering moving to North St. Paul or buying a home here, I strongly recommend that you do not do it no matter how good of a price you get. The only way you will be happy in this town is if you love breathing smoky air almost every day. North St. Paul, MN, is a horrible place to live because of the smoky air!

Burning wood, grass, leaves, paper, cardboard, and sometimes plastic, construction materials, and chemicals, if it is combustible it gets burned in North St. Paul and you are going to breathe it.

The air was smoky 25 out of 31 evenings in July 2009. We had 37 hours of continuous wood smoke in the air Aug. 29th - 31st. There was wood smoke in the air 19 consecutive evenings from Aug. 21st to Sept. 8th. It rained heavily on Aug. 20th, providing the only relief we got from wood smoke for almost three weeks.

Is this a good way to live? No. It is a horrible way to live. Take it from someone who knows. Breathing smoky, polluted air every day is misery.

Every day in this city several people are having recreational fires. Every evening the air is filled with the stench of burning wood. I am one person sick and tired of breathing smoky air every day. Is it too much to ask to be able to breathe fresh air in your own home?

Who is responsible for this wood smoke nightmare? The four city council members are responsible. Council members Jan Walczak, Bob Bruton, Terry Furlong, and Dave Zick have refused to do anything about this wood smoke problem. They don't care if you have a child with asthma. They don't care if you have to live like a shut-in because the air is so polluted. They don't care if your sinuses burn because the wood smoke is so heavy.

Our four Council members have defended the rights of a small percentage of households to burn wood daily over the rights of all the rest of us to breathe.

You have no right to breathe under Walczak, Bruton, Furlong, and Zick. Burners have the right to burn wood 49 hours a week recreationally. The rest of us have no rights at all.

If you are considering purchasing real estate in the city of North Saint Paul, Minnesota (55109), factor this blog carefully into your decision. Buying a home in this city means that your kids will breathe smoky air while playing in the yard almost every day. Your baby will breathe smoky air in her crib should you leave the windows open around your house. If you leave your windows open you will wake up in the middle of the night choking on smoky air.

Perhaps worst of all, your utility rates will be high because you will have to run the air conditioner instead of leaving the windows open on a cool summer evening. You have no other choice because almost every night the air is too smoky to breathe in this city. Consider this blog your warning.

North St. Paul, Minnesota, is a wonderful community other than the wood smoke. If we could restore fresh air like we used to enjoy, life would be happy again. But that is not going to happen any time soon.

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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Thursday 07/02/2009 Burning

1:00 AM: The air outside reeks of burning wood. Someone may have left their fire smoldering.

3:00 AM: Air still reeks. Can't open windows yet.

5:00 AM: Stench of burnt wood is letting up. The air still smells bad.

That's more than eight hours of foul air on a Wednesday night-Thursday morning. I do not see how any city leader can support this. This happens all the time. It happens for no other reason than the city's recreational burning ordinance. As long as recreational burning and the air pollution it generates is allowed, this will continue to happen. Years from now this will be happening unless action is taken to stop it.

7:00 AM: Faint odor of burnt wood lingers in the air. Ten hours after the air got smoky it still hasn't cleared completely. Ick.

3:45 PM: Air still smells faintly of wood smoke. A bonfire must have been left smoldering all night and all day. Driving home I noticed light wood smoke from Indian Way and Helen and to the south of the intersection.

6:00 PM: Smoky again. Intermittent smoke coming in on the breeze. I went out and saw that it is coming from the vicinity of Navajo & 1st or the house behind them. They burn frequently. You can smell the smoke blocks away. If they are grilling, they are using wood as a primary fuel. It's wood smoke. It isn't charcoal. It will likely be smoky over there all night long. I feel sorry for the next door neighbors having to breathe that smoky air.

8:30 PM: Moderate wood smoke. Smells like some grass is burning as well. Tonight is another night in hell!

9:00 PM: Faint to light wood smoke.

10:30 PM: The air reeks of burnt wood.

Midnight: Moderate wood smoke. Can't sleep. I can't breathe! I am having difficulty breathing in my home! The windows have been closed all evening. The air is so polluted. 74 degrees.

This is pure hell.