Check Before You Burn wood-burning curtailments are in effect Sunday, in the valley portion of Kern, Fresno, and Kings counties. It is the first curtailment of the season in the valley portion of Kern and Fresno Counties.
The daylong mandatory curtailment because of poor air quality is in place through midnight Sunday. The curtailment applies to burning wood, pellets and manufactured fire logs in residential fireplaces, stoves and outdoor burning devices such as fire pits and chimineas.
Check Before You Burn runs each winter from November through February and restricts the use of wood-burning devices when air quality is poor. This curtailment is in place because of elevated levels of particles.
Wood-burning forecasts are issued each day by county.
Residential wood burning is the single largest source of harmful particles during winter and can pump 17
tons of particle matter into Valley skies daily. Particle matter exacerbates respiratory illness, such as asthma, and causes lung infections and bronchitis, officials said.
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.
For more information about Check Before You Burn, visit www.valleyair.org or call a District office in
Fresno (559-230-6000), Modesto (209-557-6400) or Bakersfield (661-326-6900).