Seasonal wood burning restrictions begin Saturday in Sacramento County

The “check before you burn” season begins Saturday in Sacramento County, restricting or prohibiting wood burning on days when air quality forecasts indicate pollution from particulate matter will be high.

The restrictions apply to residents and businesses in the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District, including unincorporated areas of Sacramento County as well as the cities of Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Folsom, Galt, Isleton, Rancho Cordova and Sacramento. The season runs until Feb. 28.

To protect public health, the law requires people to check the daily air quality forecast before burning in indoor or outdoor fireplaces, wood stoves, firepits or chimineas that burn wood, pellets, manufactured logs or any other solid fuel, according to a district news release.

The daily air quality status is available by calling (877) 662-8765 or via Twitter @AQMD. Notifications of the daily burn status also can be received through an emailed Air Alert. To subscribe to Air Alert, or edit a subscription, visit www.SpareTheAir.com. Be sure to include a Sacramento County ZIP code and select the “Daily Air Quality Forecast” box.

For more information about the Check Before You Burn program, call the Sacramento Air Quality Management District at (916) 874-4800 or (800) 880-9025.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.