Wood burning banned Wednesday in Kern County

Wood burning banned Wednesday in Kern County
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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District has enacted a valley-wide wood-burning prohibition for Wednesday.

The ban is in effect from midnight to midnight for San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings and Tulare counties. It impacts Kern County's valley portions. The prohibition applies to residential wood burning, including pellets and manufactured fire logs, outdoor fire pits and chimineas, according to the Valley Air District.

The Check Before You Burn program runs each winter from November through February and is designed to reduce winter particulate matter by restricting the use of wood-burning devices when air quality is poor.