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"No Burn" Day Persist Into Winter In The San Joaquin Valley


Starting Nov. 1 and through the end of February, residents from Stockton to Bakersfield will likely see many no burn days.

That’s the season when air quality can suffer and burning wood in the fireplace or an old wood stove are not allowed.

Anthony Presto with the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District says last year rainy days helped to reduce pollution along with the use of cleaner certified stoves.

“Not only did the weather cooperate with what we were trying to do but we had more residents in the valley that are registering their wood burning devices which led to a much cleaner year with better air quality," Presto says.

According to Presto, people couldn’t use their fireplaces for 36 days in San Joaquin County last season, and 50 days in Stanislaus County.

He says people must confirm each day with the district before burning by checking the website, phone or with a new iPhone app that provides that information.

Rich Ibarra

Contributing Central Valley/Foothills Reporter

As the Central Valley correspondent, Rich Ibarra covers San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced counties, along with the foothill areas including Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. He covers politics, the economy and issues affecting the region.   Read Full Bio 

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