Don’t “Light” When Pollution is High

Yolo-Solano AQMDDuring the winter months, the Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District (AQMD) periodically asks residents to refrain from burning wood in the “Don’t Light Tonight” program.

Wood smoke contributes to fine particulate pollution. Certain weather conditions, including inversion layers and calm skies, keep smoke in our neighborhoods and cause elevated pollution concentrations. Children, the elderly and those with lung ailments are especially susceptible to the health impacts of wood smoke.

On days in which particulate pollution levels are forecast to be higher, Yolo-Solano AQMD asks residents to refrain from burning wood. Participation in the “Don’t Light Tonight” program is encouraged but voluntary.

Residents can sign up for e-mail or text message “Don’t Light Tonight” alerts a http://ysaqmd.enviroflash.info.

More information is available at ysaqmd.org/wood.

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