The season's first no-burn day has been issued today for Bakersfield and other parts of Kern County in the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District's air basin.
The Frazier Park area is not included in today's ban. The daylong mandatory curtailment will be in effect until midnight. When a prohibition is declared, burning any solid fuel in a residential fireplace or wood-burning device -- wood, pellets, manufactured firelogs -- is not permitted.
There are two exceptions: If the residence does not have access to natural-gas service, even if propane is available; or if burning solid fuel is the sole source of heat for the residence.
Daily wood-burning forecasts are available each day at valleyair. org or by calling 800-SMOG-INFO (766-4463).