Seasonal Air Quality Programs


Spare the Air: May - October

From May to October, the Sacramento region is subject to regular and frequent days marked by ground-level ozone. During this time, the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District issues Spare the Air advisories.

On Spare the Air days, residents are asked to be particularly aware of airborne pollutants they may be contributing to the environment and are asked to make personal efforts to help reduce them. For example, carpooling, taking public transit, postponing or combining errands, and avoiding the use of gas powered tools and equipment.

Click here for more information about Spare the Air and to sign up for alerts.


Check Before Your Burn: November - March

Check Before You Burn is a mandatory program issued by the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District in Sacramento County that runs from November 1 – February 28.

In the fall and winter months residential wood burning is restricted or prohibited on days when fine particle pollution is forecast to be high. Residents are responsible for checking before using fireplaces, wood stoves, pellet stoves and other wood burning devices.

Click here for more information about Check Before You Burn and to sign up for alerts.



Don't Light Tonight: November - March

Don't Light Tonight is a voluntary program created by the Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District. From November 1 – February 28 residents are encouraged not to use their woodstoves and fireplaces when air pollution approaches unhealthy levels.

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