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Check Before You Light in Butte County

"Check Before You Light" begins now in the area, urging us to make sure air quality is heathy before lighting up our stoves this Fall.

Posted: Nov. 2, 2018 4:16 AM
Updated: Nov. 2, 2018 8:56 AM

Butte County, Calif.-- Despite these cool morning temperatures, you might want to think before you light up that stove.

As of November 1st, people in Butte County are asked not to use wood stoves when the air quality is unhealthy.

The "check before you light" program is now underway through the end of February.

The Butte County Air Quality Management District says they program really does reduce wintertime pollution that can make the air we breath unhealthy.

That's what we're dealing with in the wintertime: microscopic bits of ash and soot that can be inhaled deeply into your lungs and cause breathing problems.

Wood smoke has been determined to be the main reason for that contamination in our air here.

It's actually most dangerous on calm days, because the dangerous particles just sit in the air.

If the BCAQMD issues an advisory, don't light fires, inside or outside of you home.

In the county, this is really a request, but in the city of Chico, the advisory means a lighting your stove is breaking the law.

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