VACAVILLE — Those who regularly have fires in fireplaces in their homes are being asked to take the night off Wednesday.
As part of the “Don’t Light Tonight” campaign, the Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District is asking people to voluntarily snuff out fires at home during certain nights this winter.
From November through February, common weather conditions combined with the increased use of fireplaces and wood stoves raises the levels of soot in the air. Soot, or fine particulates, cause breathing problems for many residents, especially the very young, the elderly, those with respiratory ailments such as asthma and those with heart disease.
The district produces daily forecasts of expected particulate pollution. If the forecast exceeds a certain threshold, it will call a “Don’t Light Tonight” advisory. This advisory asks residents to refrain from using their fireplace or wood stove, as wood burning is a significant contributor to particulate pollution in the region.
“Don’t Light Tonight” advisories include all residents of Yolo County and northeastern Solano County, including Vacaville, Dixon and Rio Vista.
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