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Monday, Nov 05 2012 05:26 PM

First ban on wood-burning issued for Tuesday

By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

The valley air district is putting the kibosh on residential wood burning Tuesday.

Bad air quality is to blame for the ban, which begins at midnight and continues until midnight Tuesday, according to a San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District news release sent Monday.

The prohibition applies to "burning wood, pellets and manufactured fire logs in residential fireplaces, stoves and outdoor burning devices such as fire pits and chimineas" in the valley area of Kern County and in Kings and Tulare counties, the news release said.

Violators can be fined.

The restriction doesn't apply if burning solid fuel is the only way to heat a home or if a residence doesn't "have access to natural-gas service, even if propane is used."

The "Check Before You Burn" program runs from November through February and aims to reduce particulate pollution, according to the news release.

To find out when residential wood burning is and isn't allowed, check the air district's forecast at valleyair.org/aqinfo/WoodBurnPage.htm or call 1-800-SMOG-INFO (766-4463).

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