San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control
Regulators might prohibit use of fireplaces when pollution reaches a specified level.
Starting today and continuing through February, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District will issue a daily status update on the quality of the air in the region.
If the air is too polluted on a given day, the agency will prohibit people from using their fireplace for heath reasons.
Offenders face penalties according to spokesman Anthony Presto.
"If an inspector sees smoke coming out of a chimney that person can receive a fine of anywhere between fifty and one thousand dollars. It goes up if you're a repeat offender."
Last year there were a number of days the agency asked people to voluntarily not use their fireplaces, but there weren't any days where the use was prohibited.
Valley residents can check daily status report on the district's website at www.valleyair.org.