To Burn or Not to Burn – Time to Check

It’s the season to Check Before You Burn! From November through the end of February, residents and businesses in Sacramento County, including the City of Folsom, must check the daily burn status before using a wood-burning fireplace or other wood-burning device. This is due to the Sac Metro Air District’s 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.

Here’s how to Check Before You Burn:
  1. Call 1-877-NO-BURN-5 (1-877-662-8765).
  2. Follow on Twitter @AQMD 3.
  3. Visit
  4. Download the free Sacramento Region Air Quality app.
  5. Sign up to get a daily Air Alert email at – input your Sacramento County zip code and check the “Daily Air Quality Forecast” box.