Check Before You Burn Season

From now through February 28, residents and businesses in Sacramento County and the cities of Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Folsom, Galt, Isleton, Rancho Cordova and Sacramento must check the daily status before they use their fireplace or wood burning device. This is due to the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District's (AQMD) Check Before You Burn law.

 

No Burn days are called when weather conditions trap wood smoke near the ground. To protect public health and achieve federal air quality standards, it's illegal to burn wood, pellets, manufactured logs or any other solid fuel when fine particle pollution (PM2.5) is forecast to be high. This applies to indoor or outdoor fireplaces, wood stoves, fire pits and chimineas.

 

There are six ways to find out if you can or cannot burn on any day, November - February:

  1. Call 1-877-NO-BURN-5 (1-877-662-8765)
  2. Follow on Twitter @AQMD
  3. Visit www.AirQuality.org
  4. Download the free Sacramento Region Air Quality app
  5. Sign up to get a daily Air Alert email at www.SpareTheAir.com - input your Sacramento County zip code and check the "Daily Air Quality Forecast" box
  6. Read The Sacramento Bee's weather page

Wood burning during the winter causes more than 50 percent of the PM2.5 air pollution in Sacramento County. Breathing wood smoke is especially harmful for children whose lungs are still developing, older adults and anyone with a pre-existing heart or lung condition. Long-term exposure can cause serious health problems.

Sac Metro AQMD enforces No Burn days. First time violations will result in a $50 fine, or you may take and pass a wood smoke awareness exam. Fines for subsequent violations are higher. To report a complaint or a suspected violation, call Sac Metro AQMD at 1-800-880-9025.