Check Before You Burn program begins Tuesday, November 1

Valley burning restriction period begins tomorrow
Posted at 10:55 AM, Oct 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-31 14:23:29-04

Here's a friendly reminder that the "Check Before You Burn" program begins tomorrow, November 1.

The burn ban is implemented when stable weather patterns trap fireplace smoke and air pollution here in the south valley. The restrictions apply to burning wood and pellets in residential stoves, fireplaces or outdoor burning devices.

"No Restrictions, Burning Discouraged" means you are allowed to have a fire but are asked refrain in order to spare the air.

"No Burning Unless Registered" means you have been previously approved by an official who has come to your home and verified you have a newer, clean-burning device. To see if you qualify and to learn more about registering your device, visit the San Joaquin Valley Air District's website.

The third category is "no burning for all", which is self-explanatory.

The only two exemptions are if you do not have access to natural gas piped into your house or a wood-burning device is your only source of heat.

Violating the burn ban can result in a fine if you are found to be operating a fireplace on days the air quality index calls for a "no burn day".

We'll relay the air quality forecast and burn restrictions during your Kerncast23 every day, or you can call (800) SMOG-INFO.

The check before you burn program ends February 28.