Check before you burn

Snuff your fire on low air-quality days

Using a fireplace or wood stove on poor-air-quality days is not only unhealthy for sensitive groups but produces a level of fine-particulate saturation that is unhealthy for everyone. To help local air quality during cold months, Butte County Air Quality Management District has set up a Check Before You Light program. Before you burn, visit the website ( to check the day’s air quality (or to sign up for email updates), or call the burn hotline at 332-9407. If air quality is bad, don’t burn. Additionally, unless you have an exemption, burning on poor-quality days within Chico city limits is against the law.