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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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Sunday 08/30/2009 Air Pollution

Wood smoke was in the air all of last night and all day today.

1:15 AM: Light wood smoke. Checked the air on the way back to bed. It has gotten smokier outside. Must be from the use of a fireplace.

2:15 AM: Faint to light wood smoke.

2:45 AM: Faint to light wood smoke. About 50 degrees outside at this time.

3:15 AM: Light wood smoke. It's gotten smokier outside in the past half hour.

8:30 AM: Very faint trace of wood smoke lingers in the air. Woke up, checked the air, was not surprised to detect wood smoke in it.

11:00 AM: Very faint trace of wood smoke continues. This makes about 18 hours of nearly constant wood smoke in the air.

3:30 PM: Very faint trace of wood smoke continues. Woke up from a nap. No, I am not surprised to find wood smoke in the air at this time. A few windows were left open. I could smell a very faint trace of wood smoke inside the house when I awoke. 65 degrees at this time.

5:00 PM: Very faint trace of wood smoke continues. This makes 24 hours of constant wood smoke in the air. No fresh air for 24 hours in the city of North St. Paul!

5:45 PM: Faint wood smoke. The wood smoke is getting stronger. Probably some jerk grilling meat using wood. The recreational bonfires are bad enough, but a trend is growing in popularity of using wood for grilling food. We often get wood smoke in the early evening from grilling and then wood smoke all evening long from recreational fires. 67 degrees at this time in St. Paul according to the TV news. The Weatherbug widget on this blog indicates a temperature at 71 degrees measured at North High School. I am wondering how accurate it is.

6:30 PM: Light to moderate wood smoke. It is pretty smoky outside. This makes 25 hours of nearly constant wood smoke in the air.

7:15 PM: Faint wood smoke.

7:55 PM: Light wood smoke. Getting stronger.

8:30 PM: Faint wood smoke. Not as strong as before.

9:00 PM: Faint wood smoke.

9:30 PM: Light wood smoke. Getting stronger again.

10:00 PM: Moderate wood smoke. Really smoky outside. 59 degrees at this time. This makes 29 hours of constant wood smoke.

10:45 PM: Moderate to strong wood smoke. It is very smoky outside. The wood smoke smells horrible!

11:15 PM: Moderate to strong wood smoke continues.

11:30 PM: Moderate wood smoke. It's lost a little intensity. As if going from very smoky to really smoky can be considered a positive.

Midnight: Moderate wood smoke continues.

Very faint wood smoke continued until at least 6:30 AM Monday morning. The wood smoke started at around 5:15 PM Saturday night and all day Sunday you could smell a faint trace of wood smoke in the air. Wood smoke could be smelled coming in the open windows. At 6:30 AM Monday morning a faint trace of wood smoke could be detected. This makes 37 hours of nearly constant smoky air in North St. Paul!