News Release

Reducing wintertime emissions during the holidays

The Residential Wood Smoke Reduction program aims to reduce negative health impacts and buildup of PM2.5 by restricting the use of wood-burning devices in the Valley when conditions do not allow for pollution to disperse.

The daily burn information is always available by visiting, by calling 1-800-SMOG INFO (766-4463), or by downloading the free “Valley Air” app on a mobile device. In addition, residents are invited to sign up for daily wood-burning email notifications. There are three curtailment levels:

Curtailments do not apply to natural gas devices. Residences in areas with no natural gas service or where wood burning is the sole source of heat are exempt. Areas where propane tanks are used are considered to be without natural gas service. Outdoor wood-burning devices at all residences are still subject to the daily restrictions, regardless of exemption status.

Valley residents are encouraged to apply for the Fireplace & Woodstove Change-Out program and receive as much as $5,000 to upgrade from older, higher-polluting wood stoves and open-hearth fireplaces to natural gas inserts and free-standing stoves. To participate in this program, please visit .

The Valley Air District covers eight counties including San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and San Joaquin Valley air basin portions of Kern. For additional information about the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, visit or call 559-230-6000.