The Valley’s residential wood-burning program ended its 14th winter with record improvement in air quality and fewer violations for breaking burn bans, thanks to cleaner devices.
Between November and February, the months when the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District enforces wood-burning restrictions from Stockton to Bakersfield, the district issued 269 violations compared to 404 the previous season. In Fresno County, violations fell to 69 from 87.
“We are moving in the right direction thanks to the cooperation of Valley residents and their investments in cleaner devices,” said Seyed Sadredin, the district’s executive director and air pollution control officer.
The Check Before You Burn season helps minimize the buildup of harmful fine particle pollution in the Valley. During this period, a daily wood-burning declaration is issued for every county in the air basin that determines what, if any, residential wood-burning devices may be used.