Red believes eliminating wood burning is not going to make a big difference in the Wasatch Front's air quality. Any policy changes, he added, must be based on sound data.
"You need to consider this technically and not consider it as an emotional issue," said Red, speaking as a private citizen. "To come up with a blanket ordinance is not rational. I think it's politically motivated. I think the governor is making a serious mistake here."
Meanwhile, the Salt Lake County Board of Health is expected to vote Friday on a proposal to toughen the current burning restriction. The county measure would ban burning on mildly polluted days when the state recommends only "voluntary action."