The Sac Metro Air District's annual Check Before You Burn season runs from November 1 through the end of February. This wood burning regulation, Rule 421 Mandatory Episodic Curtailment Of Wood And Other Solid Fuel Burning , restricts or prohibits the use of all wood and pellet-burning appliances, including certified appliances and pellet stoves and inserts when fine particle pollution (PM2.5) is forecast to be high. This law applies to residents and businesses in unincorporated Sacramento County, Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Folsom, Galt, Isleton, Rancho Cordova and Sacramento.
Except for those who have an exemption or waiver, mandatory curtailment
days apply to anyone operating a wood burning device or lighting a fire in
Sacramento County from November through February of each year.
Stage 2 - All Burning Prohibited: It is illegal to burn any solid fuel, including wood, manufactured firelogs and pellets in any device.
Stage 1 - No Burn Unless Exempt: It is illegal to burn unless you are using an EPA certified fireplace insert or stove, or pellet stove, and they do not emit visible smoke.
Burning Discouraged: The Sac Metro Air District asks you to voluntarily not burn.
Legal to Burn: There are no restrictions to burn.