California wood burning fireplace law. It damages our health our crops our property and our environment. The philosopher kings of the south coast air quality management district aqmd have decided that government must stop you from burning wood in your fireplace. Regional smog regulators today will consider banning the installation of traditional wood fueled hearths in new homes limiting sales of wood burning devices and by 2013 even placing mandatory limits on burning wood in home fireplaces during heavy smog episodes.
An open hearth fireplace will no longer qualify for an exemption. Effective november 1 2016 recent wood burning rule amendments require anyone whose sole source of heat is a wood burning device to utilize an epa certified or pellet fueled device that is registered with the air district for an exemption from the burn ban. There are a variety of arb activities associated with the burning of wood products.
Learn to limit the amount of wood smoke produced. In neighborhoods everywhere across california residential wood burning is a growing source of air pollution. The san joaquin valley air pollution control district passed rule 4901 in 2003 stating that only gas burning fireplaces can be built into new homes.
The aqmd which is funded with 125 million of your money each year just made it illegal to install wood burning fireplaces in new homes and adopted regulations to stop you from using your existing fireplace on days they deem too polluted. Some areas of california such as the san joaquin valley prohibit new homes from being constructed with a wood burning fireplace.