As part of the Healthy Hearths™ initiative, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) is asking residents to participate in its "Check Before You Burn" program to help improve wintertime air quality by not burning wood in their fireplaces when unhealthful air quality is forecast.
WATCH VIDEO ABOVE: I interviewed Sam Atwood, Media Relations Manager for the South Coast AQMD to find out more about the program.
Under the program, SCAQMD will issue mandatory no-burn alerts from November 1 through the end of February for specific areas where fine particulates are forecast to reach unhealthful levels. Under amendments adopted in May 2013, at times there may be no-burn days that will apply to the entire South Coast Air Basin. The program is applicable to all of Orange County and to the non-desert portions of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on the mandatory Check Before You Burn program can be viewed here.
Daily forecast information can be found on the SCAQMD's Check Before You Burn map or through e-mail messages. More information on the public notification process is provided below.
Visit the Check Before You Burn map to see if a mandatory no-burn alert has been issued for your area.
You can also zoom into your neighborhood by entering an address or ZIP code into the search bar at the top of the map
You can also sign up to receive Air Alerts on air quality and to be notified when a mandatory no-burn alert has been issued for your neighborhood.
Check Before You Burn information can also be obtained by calling (866) 966-3293
For more information on AQMD efforts to reduce wood smoke emissions please click here.