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It’s the season to Check Before You Burn! From November 1 through the end of February, residents and businesses in Sacramento County and the cities of Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Folsom, Galt, Isleton, Rancho Cordova and Sacramento must check the daily burn status before using a wood burning fireplace or other wood burning device. This is due to the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District’s (AQMD) Check Before You Burn law.
No Burn days are called when weather conditions trap wood smoke near the ground. To protect public health and achieve federal air quality standards, it’s illegal to burn wood, pellets, manufactured logs or any other solid fuel when fine particle pollution (PM2.5) is forecast to be high. This applies to indoor or outdoor fireplaces, wood stoves, fire pits and chimineas.
Here’s how to Check Before You Burn: 1. Call 1-877-NO-BURN-5 (1-877-662-8765)2. Follow on Twitter @AQMD3. Visit www.AirQuality.org4. Download the free Sacramento Region Air Quality app5. Sign up to get a daily Air Alert email at www.SpareTheAir.com- input your Sacramento County zip code and check the "Daily Air Quality Forecast" box6. Read the Sacramento Bee's weather page