Check Before You Burn Season Continues Through February 2021

During late fall and early winter, South Coast AQMD asks residents to participate in its “Check Before You Burn” program by not burning wood in fireplaces or outdoors when unhealthy air quality is forecast. Under the program, intended to help improve wintertime air quality, South Coast AQMD may issue mandatory no-burn alerts from November 1 through the end of February.

No-burn alerts are issued for 24-hour periods for residential wood-burning fireplaces, backyard fire pits, and wood stoves when emissions and stagnant weather conditions raise fine particulate pollution to unhealthy levels. Alerts are typically issued for the entire South Coast Air Basin, which encompasses all of Orange County and major portions of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino, including Coachella Valley.

There are multiple ways you can Check Before You Burn:

  • E-Mail Notification Program: Sign up at to receive air quality forecasts and to be notified when a mandatory No-burn alert has been issued for your neighborhood.

  • Check Before You Burn Map: Visit the Check Before You Burn website at:

  • Toll-Free Phone Number: Call 866-966-3293 for daily Check Before You Burn information.

  • Mobile App: Download the South Coast AQMD app to check local air quality and receive notifications when No-burn Days are called.

  • Social Media: Follow South Coast AQMD’s social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For more information on the program, visit To file a residential complaint, call 1-800-CUT-SMOG.

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