Regarding "Stricter wood-burning rules sought" (Aug. 17, Page B-1): The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District staff needs to take a step outdoors once in a while. They may notice two very distinct facts.
We live in a valley, and the predominant wind is from the west. The entire Bay Area has smog and no burning restrictions. Why? Because they have clean air. With millions of cars and fireplaces, where does their smog go? Which way does the wind blow?
The foothill counties have no smog, and no burning restrictions. Why? They have clean air. Where does their smog go? Over the Sierras or settle in the valley?
The residents of the valley keep paying for imported bad air. How many millions of people contribute to the valley's air problems? Perhaps the pollution control board can take some action to control pollution at its sources.