Valley Air issues burn ban in valley portions of Kern County for Wednesday

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Check Before You Burn wood-burning curtailments are in effect Wed., Nov. 13 in Fresno, Kings, Tulare and the Valley portion of Kern counties. It is the first curtailment of the season in Tulare County.

The daylong mandatory curtailment because of poor air quality is in place through midnight Wednesday.  The curtailment applies to burning wood, pellets and manufactured fire logs in residential fireplaces, stoves and outdoor burning devices such as fire pits and chimeneas.

Check Before You Burn runs each winter from November through February and reduces wintertime
particulate pollution (PM) by restricting the use of wood-burning devices when air quality is poor. This curtailment is in place because of elevated levels of coarse particulate matter (PM10).

Wood-burning forecasts are issued each day by county.

Residential wood burning is the single largest source of harmful PM during winter and can pump 17
tons of PM into Valley skies daily. PM exacerbates respiratory illness, such as asthma, and causes lung infections and bronchitis.

There are two exceptions to wood-burning prohibitions:

  • If the residence does not have access to natural-gas service, even if propane is used; or
  • If burning solid fuel is the sole source of heat for the residence.

Prohibition violations are subject to fines.

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