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Daily Air Quality Forecast for Sacramento County

Thank you for not burning in your indoor or outdoor fireplace, wood stove, firepit or chiminea. Your compliance on no-burn days from November through February reduces pollution and positively impacts the health of our residents.

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

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

You may also 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

Spare The Air

The SacMetro AQMD 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

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 of the fine particle pollution that we breathe each season. From November through February, the SacMetro AQMD 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, firepit or chiminea that burns wood, pellets, manufactured firelogs 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:

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