Fireplace-Use Ban Issued for 6 Valley Counties | Environment
People in Fresno, Kings, Tulare, Merced, Madera and Stanislaus counties are not allowed to use their fireplaces or wood-burning devices on Tuesday, November 15.
The ban, issued by the Valley Air District, is in effect from midnight Monday (November 14) through midnight Tuesday (November 15). It applies to burning wood, pellets and manufactured logs, as well as outdoor fire pits and chimineas.
This is the first ban of the season for Merced and Madera counties.
Check Before You Burn runs each winter from November through February and reduces wintertime pollution by restricting the use of wood-burning devices when air quality is poor. Forecasts are issued by county.
There are two levels of wood-burning forecast: "Wood Burning Prohibited" or "Please Burn Cleanly." When a prohibition is declared, burning any solid fuel in a residential fireplace or wood-burning device is not permitted. There are two exceptions, however:
- 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.
Daily wood-burning forecasts are issued at 4:30 each afternoon and available by clicking here. You can also call 1-800 SMOG INFO (766-4463) for more information.