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Daily Air Quality Forecast for Sacramento County

Download the free Sacramento Region Air Quality app available in AppleGoogle Play and Windows app stores. The app gives you:

  • Daily air quality forecasts and real-time air pollution readings for Sacramento, Placer, Yolo-Solano and El Dorado counties
  • Check Before You Burn daily burn status for Sacramento County (November through February)
  • Spare The Air alerts and wildfire smoke advisories

To report a complaint or suspected air quality violation, call 1-800-880-9025 or submit Complaints online.

Spare The Air

Visit Spare The Air.

The Sac Metro Air District coordinates the Sacramento region's Spare The Air program on behalf of the air districts of the region. The Spare The Air season runs from May through October when ground-level ozone pollution (smog) poses the greatest health risk. You are encouraged to reduce driving on high ozone days and pay attention to the daily Air Quality Index (AQI) so you know what you're breathing.

See our Spare The Air brochure.

Check Before You Burn

To get the Check Before You Burn daily burn status, call (916) 874-4801 or 1-(877) 662-8765.Click here to go to Check Before You Burn webpage.

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:

    • Unincorporated Sacramento County
    • Citrus Heights
    • Elk Grove
    • Folsom
    • Galt
    • Isleton
    • Rancho Cordova
    • Sacramento

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.

 Community Air Protection Program 

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 for more information on this program. 

See our Community Air Protection Program flyer in:

Informational Webinars and Presentations

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.

Turning Down the Heat!

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


Haga clic aquí para ver el video en español

Webinar Documents

To learn more on  this topic, check out our webpage  Keeping Cool in the Capital Region.

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