Colder mornings have sparked a return to wood stove season in Klamath Falls...and there will be an even stronger focus this winter on air quality.
If Klamath Falls fails to meet air quality guidelines over the next three years, there could be repercussions.
Those restrictions could include more 'red' or 'yellow' wood burning days.
Klamath County Public Health Director Marilynn Sutherland notes there could even be withholding of federal funds for certain projects...
"The other thing is, they could simply place enough restrictions on the development of industry here that makes it very unlikely to be able to attract new business."
Air Quality Coordinator Jim Carey adds that this winter, wood stove users will be asked to use other forms of heat - even when it gets bitterly cold...
"We understand the cold days are when you need it most. But we are going to ask people if they can help it, not to burn on those days."
Health officials are confident the city can reach attainment.
But Carey notes it will take a community effort...
"So it is a very critical year that we do well."