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Posted: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 5:55 am, Tue Nov 1, 2011.

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.

Contact reporter Sara Jane Pohlman at sarap@lodinews.com.

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8 comments:

  • William Dawes posted at 9:39 pm on Tue, Nov 1, 2011.

    William Dawes Posts: 113

    "I was threatened by the fire department with a $10,000 fine but because it was my first offense, they waived it. My neighbor next door had burned a 20 foot by 30 foot pile of agricultural material that was 12-15 feet deep the previous week. He had a permit so it was ok... Sometimes, regulations make no sense to me."

    Has nothing to do with air quality or safety, it is how much money the government can get out of you in permits, fees, and regulations. Thanks Marxists! Burning a pile of leaves is less smoke than a charcoal BBQ, or the pot smoking of the leftwing nuts

     
  • William Dawes posted at 9:35 pm on Tue, Nov 1, 2011.

    William Dawes Posts: 113

    Stay out of my fireplace and my bedroom!!! Pretty soon the Marxist gov't will be saying that having sex burns too much oxygen and creates too much CO2.
    Buzz oFF It's a violation of private property rights.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 4:02 pm on Tue, Nov 1, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    Arthur Vandelay posted at 1:32 pm on Tue, Nov 1, 2011...Darrell, what's wrong with trying to limit particulates in the valley, which has some of the worst air quality in the state and nation?

    I simply do not appreciate the direction our country is gong in. I know a man in Denmark that described to me the very strict government control. Each year, a tax man goes to each home and one task is to inspect registered fireplaces. Each resident is taxed based on the soot build up. The more they use it, the higher the tax. This tax is significant.
    Some residents would clean the chimney prior to the tax man's visit. This activity is now considered tax evasion from my understanding. I think this is where our country is going.

    I am all in favor of clean air and appreciate that the quality of air is better now than it was 20 years ago.
    However, I do not like government regulations that are over zealous.. Last year, on my acre lot out in the country, I raked a small pile of leaves. It was about 4 feet by 3 feet and 7 inches deep and decided to burn them. The leaves were slightly wet and created smoke. A car passing by called the fire department with their cell phone which dispatched a fire truck. The pile had burned quickly and was put out prior to their arrival.
    I was threatened by the fire department with a $10,000 fine but because it was my first offense, they waived it. My neighbor next door had burned a 20 foot by 30 foot pile of agricultural material that was 12-15 feet deep the previous week. He had a permit so it was ok... Sometimes, regulations make no sense to me.

     
  • Arthur Vandelay posted at 1:32 pm on Tue, Nov 1, 2011.

    Arthur Vandelay Posts: 29

    Darrell, what's wrong with trying to limit particulates in the valley, which has some of the worst air quality in the state and nation?

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 1:04 pm on Tue, Nov 1, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    Humm... Obviously, gas monitors will soon be next.... Its green time after all.

     
  • Arthur Vandelay posted at 12:29 pm on Tue, Nov 1, 2011.

    Arthur Vandelay Posts: 29

    "Is this just wood burning or gas burning too."

    Read the article.

    "How would the fire dept/police dept know the difference from driving down the street?"

    Burning wood produces smoke; burning gas does not.

     
  • Samantha Purkey posted at 12:21 pm on Tue, Nov 1, 2011.

    Sunny Samules Posts: 4

    Fireplace naazi's. Whats going to happen to grandma and grandpa this winter who live in older homes with no CHA and the major heat source is their fireplace. Even my house dosen't have CHA because we don't have $10,000 to get that done right now. Is this just wood burning or gas burning too. I have a gas burning fireplace. How would the fire dept/police dept know the difference from driving down the street?

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 9:21 am on Tue, Nov 1, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    wow

     

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