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The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District is made up of eight counties in California's Central Valley: San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare, and the San Joaquin Valley Air Basin portion of Kern.

The Check Before You Burn program is in effect November 1 through the end of February.


If you must burn, please ensure your firewood is clean, seasoned and dry. Unseasoned wood smolders and creates additional emissions. Never burn trash, magazines, newspapers, plastics or other materials not designed to burn in fireplaces or stoves. Doing so is illegal and hazardous.


If you have a registered clean burning device, you can burn wood inside your residence. Use of any unregistered wood-burning device is prohibited.


Burning any solid fuel - including wood, pellets and manufactured wood (such as Duraflame logs) - is prohibited from midnight to midnight. Violations can result in fines.


You may use your wood-burning device on a prohibited day:
  • If you live in an area where there is no natural-gas service
  • If wood-burning is your only source of heat

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