San Joaquin Valley homeowners will need to do a little research before lighting their fireplaces from now until February.
Residential woodburning can release airborne particulates and pollute the surrounding area. As a result, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District has entered its ninth season of regulating wood burning in residential zones. The daily rulings are based on weather forecasts and are available by 4:30 p.m. Violating a burn prohibition can result in fines.
Check the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District website to find out if you can use your fireplace each day. Or call the SMOG-INFO line at 800-766-4463. The website also has information on what materials can be safely burned as well as who might be exempt from the restriction.
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