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Before You Light A Fire, Check For "No Burn Days"


“Check Before You Burn” is what Central Valley residents can do to reduce air pollution this winter, and wood-burning fireplaces are the biggest source of that pollution.

People from San Joaquin County down to Kern County will have days in which they cannot use their fireplaces to burn wood starting from November through the end of February. 

“Check Before You Burn” is a program that lets people know about those restrictions on No Burn Days. 

Maricela Velasquez with the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District says restrictions will vary from day to day and from county to county. 

“So, if we call a declaration for No Burning for all, that would mean that the air quality is poor and we’re not expecting any weather pattern or weather system to come in and clear that pollution out. So, that’s when we would call a “No Burn Day” for all.” 

Velasquez says there are two exceptions…one, if the home has no other source of heat, or two, if the home has no access to natural gas. 

She says people can go to the district’s website or call 1-800-SMOG INFO to find out the daily status.

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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