Residential wood-burning fireplaces are the largest source of particulate pollution in the San Joaquin Valley in winter.
The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District limits wood burning in winter through their ‘Check Before You Burn’ program.
While gas fireplaces are always allowed, rebates and incentives are available for those looking to upgrade to clean-burning fireplaces.
Depending on weather and air pollution, wood burning may be allowed, restricted or limited to those with clean-burning devices.
The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District publishes the limitations daily on their website.
There you can also find information on rule specifics, rebates and incentives for upgrading.
Check Before You Burn runs from the beginning of November through the end of February.