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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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Saturday 08/29/2009 Air Pollution

1:00 AM: Faint wood smoke continues. If you open your windows you will smell wood smoke inside your house. Do you want smoky air in your home at 1 AM? How about at 7 PM? We don't.

1:45 AM: Very faint wood smoke. Wood smoke is fading.

3:45 AM: Air is mostly fresh. Woke up and checked the air quality. Very faint trace of something is in the air. Can't tell what it is. Open windows at this time.

There was no grass smoke in the air this morning or afternoon.

4:30 PM: No wood smoke. Light rain drizzle at this time. Cloudy, 58 degrees measured at North High School according to the Weatherbug widget on this blog. 63 degrees according to TV website.

I don't know how many recreational bonfires there will be tonight with weather this cool and the light drizzle that dampened the ground. I expect people will be using fireplaces tonight and that the air will be very smoky like it was last Saturday night. Last Saturday was a smoky hell. It was the smokiest I have ever seen this city. I found clouds of smoke or wood smoke fog in many places around the northern half of the city. We will see if tonight gets as bad as last Saturday.

Click here to read about last Saturday.

5:15 PM: Very faint trace of wood smoke at this time. Minutes after publishing this post I noticed wood smoke coming in the window. It's already starting. We will likely have wood smoke all night long and well into the morning hours. Would you like to live like this?

6:00 PM: Light wood smoke. This is an indication of what is to come.

7:00 PM: Faint to light wood smoke varying with the breeze.

7:25 PM: Light to moderate wood smoke. It's getting stronger.

8:00 PM: Light to moderate wood smoke continues.

8:30 PM: Moderate wood smoke. It's really smoky outside.

9:30 PM: Light to moderate wood smoke varying with the wind. It's breezy outside.

9:45 PM: Moderate to strong wood smoke. Very smoky outside. You can't stand to breathe this air!

10:30 PM: Faint to light wood smoke. The intensity of the air pollution has diminished. It hasn't diminished enough to open the windows. The entire house would smell like wood smoke if the windows were open.

10:55 PM: Very faint trace of wood smoke remains. The wood smoke is almost gone.

11:38 PM: Very faint wood smoke. It's gotten a little stronger.

Midnight: Very faint wood smoke continues. Around 55 degrees at this time.

It was smoky all night long and all morning and afternoon into the next day. By 5:30 PM Sunday morning, wood smoke was in the air for almost all of the past 24 hours.

Aren't we fortunate to have four city council members who make us breathe smoky air every day? Would you like to live in this city?