By: Steffi Broski
In an effort to lower air pollution, the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District will once again kick off its Check Before You Burn season. It will last until the end of February.
District spokeswoman Jamie Arno says residents need to keep up with the alerts online or by calling a hotline.
Jamie: “Every day people need to check to make sure it’s legal to burn on that certain day and check the burn-day status. There are different stages. There’s a legal to burn, there is a burning discourage stage, there is a stage one, which is no burning unless you’re exempt.”
Such exemptions are for example EPA certified stoves. But the rules have been revamped this year. On the really bad air days, stage 2 prohibits all burning, no matter what stove or material is being used.
Rule-breakers can expect penalties. First time offenders have to pay a $50 fine or take an online smoke awareness course.
Call 1-877-NO-BURN-5 (1-877-662-8765) for more information. Visit http://www.airquality.org/
or surbscribe to Air Alert at http://www.sparetheair.com/
and check the daily Air Quality Forecast box to receive a daily e-mail. You can also follow the alerts on twitter.com/aqmd or listen to television and radio weather forecasts. Check the Sacramento Bee's weather page located on the back of the Our Region section.