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Wood-burning restrictions begin Sunday in Sacramento County

The warmth of a fireplace may seem inviting with the arrival of fall weather, but wood-burning restrictions go into effect Sunday in Sacramento County.

The Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District’s “Check Before You Burn” program, designed to prevent unhealthy air quality and protect public health, runs through February.

Wood burning will be prohibited on days when particulate matter pollution is forecast to be high, according to a district news release. The law applies to residences and businesses in unincorporated Sacramento County, as well as the cities of Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Folsom, Galt, Isleton, Rancho Cordova and Sacramento.

Residents are advised to check the burn status before burning wood, pellets, manufactured logs or any other solid fuel in indoor or outdoor fireplaces, wood stoves, fire pits or chimineas.

The daily burn status is available by calling 877-662-8765 or by downloading the new, free Sacramento Region Air Quality app available in iOS, Android and Windows app stores.

To start receiving the daily burn status by email, go to www.SpareTheAir.com to subscribe or edit a subscription. Enter a Sacramento County ZIP code and select “Daily Air Quality Forecast.”

For additional information, call the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District at 916-874-4800 or 800-880-9025.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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