CENTRAL VALLEY -- The season's first valleywide wood-burning prohibition is in effect through midnight today, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District said Tuesday.
The initial prohibition, coming relatively late in the season, began at midnight Tuesday and includes Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and part of Kern County.
It applies to residential wood-burning (including pellets and manufactured fire logs) and outdoor fire pits and chimineas.
The forecasts are issued by county, and there are two levels: "Wood Burning Prohibited" or "Please Burn Cleanly." When a prohibition is declared, burning any solid fuel in a residential fireplace or wood-burning device is not permitted. There are two exceptions:
The residence does not have access to natural gas service.
Burning solid fuel is the sole source of heat for the residence.
Forecasts are issued daily at 4:30 p.m. and are available at www.valleyair.org/ aqinfo/woodburnpage.htm or by calling (800) 766-4463.