Check Before You Burn

Check Before You Burn

Check Before You Burn

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District's "Check Before You Burn" program is in effect.

Here's how the program works.


If a red "NO BURNING" label appears by your county's name Wood-burning in fireplaces or wood stoves is prohibited.

Burning any solid fuel – including wood, pellets and manufactured wood – is not allowed from midnight to midnight.

Violations can result in fines but there are exemptions allowing for wood-burning if you live in an area with no natural-gas service or if wood-burning is you only source of heat.


If a green "BURN CLEANLY" label appears next to your county then you are allowed to burn wood in your wood-burning fireplace or wood stove.

You are asked to burn cleanly with dry, seasoned wood and never burn trash, magazines, newspapers or plastics.

According to the SJVAPCD this is illegal and hazardous.


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