Download the free Sacramento Region Air Quality app available in Apple, Google Play and Windows app stores. The app gives you:
To report a complaint or suspected air quality violation, call 1-800-880-9025 or submit Complaints online.
See our Spare The Air brochure.
To get the Check Before You Burn daily burn status, call (916) 874-4801 or 1-(877) 662-8765.
Particulate matter pollution is a serious health threat. Wood smoke from fireplaces is the single largest contributor to air pollution in Sacramento County during the winter. It causes over 50 percent of the fine particle pollution that we breathe each season. From November through February, the Sac Metro Air District wood burning law, Check Before You Burn, restricts or prohibits residential wood burning on days when fine particle pollution (PM2.5) is forecast to be high.
To protect public health and comply with the law, you should Check Before You Burn in any indoor or outdoor fireplace, wood stove, fire pit or chiminea that burns wood, pellets, manufactured fire logs or any other solid fuel.
This law applies to residents and businesses in:
See our Check Before You Burn brochure in:
Thank you for not burning in your indoor or outdoor fireplace, wood stove, fire pit or chiminea. Your compliance on no-burn days from November through February reduces pollution and positively impacts the health of our residents.
The Community Air Protection Program is a community focused program to take a deeper look at what air pollutants affect residents in their neighborhood. Collaboration and outreach to our residents is an integral part of this program. Go to www.airquality.org/CAP for more information on this program.
See our Community Air Protection Program flyer in:
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The Sac Metro Air District is working to provide more information to the public on our programs and research. We will be posting a series of informational presentations and recordings so that our community can learn more about air quality and what we at the District do to help keep Sacramento healthy.
Some areas of Sacramento are more than 10 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than their rural surroundings, largely because of how neighborhoods have been planned and built. Buildings, roads, pavements, and machinery all generate additional, artificial heat, making our communities hotter. Trees and parks, as well as other strategies, can help to cool communities down, but they are often lacking in historically under-resourced and under-served communities. For over two years, the Sac Metro Air District and the Local Government Commission have been studying this phenomenon (known as the urban heat island effect) in the region in attempts to reduce heat health risk, particularly among those most vulnerable.
Check out the recording of our webinar to learn more about how heat impacts the air we breathe, why some neighborhoods are hotter than others, and what strategies can help cool communities and protect from extreme heat.
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To learn more on this topic, check out our webpage Keeping Cool in the Capital Region.