Don’t Light Tonight season begins Nov. 1

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Don’t Light Tonight season begins Nov. 1

Postby Wilberforce » Fri Oct 27, 2017 8:18 pm

Don’t Light Tonight season begins Nov. 1
By Special to The Enterprise October 27, 2017

The Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District announces that Wednesday, Nov. 1, is the start of the 2017-18 Don’t Light Tonight season, which runs until the end of February.

The district will issue voluntary advisories asking residents to refrain from burning wood or using their wood stoves or fireplaces on days when particulate matter is forecast to reach 25 micrograms or higher. Areas covered in the advisory include of all of Yolo County and portions of Solano County that encompass Dixon, Vacaville and Rio Vista.

From November through February, weather conditions and the elevated use of fireplaces and wood stoves raises the levels of fine particulate matter in the air and traps wood smoke closer to the ground and in the air people breathe.

PM2.5 is one of many pollutants in wood smoke and is very harmful to human health because its smaller size, about 30 times thinner than a strand of hair, can easily bypass the human body’s natural defenses and travel to the lungs, a district spokesman said.

PM2.5 can cause short-term health effects like coughing and sneezing and worsen existing conditions such as asthma and heart disease.

“We can all help protect the air this winter,” said the district’s air pollution control officer, Mat Ehrhardt. “By checking for Don’t Light Tonight advisories and choosing not to burn, we can improve the air quality for our loved ones and neighbors.”

During the 2016-17 Don’t Light Tonight season, 11 advisories were issued. An unusually wet winter allowed pollutants to be more easily dispersed into the atmosphere and resulted in cleaner air quality on many days, Ehrhardt said.

For Don’t Light Tonight advisories:

* Sign up for the district’s EnviroFlash service at that will send an email alert when an advisory is called.

* Call 530-757-3787 for a recorded message with the daily Don’t Light Tonight status.

* Visit; a Don’t Light Tonight graphic will appear underneath the Air Quality Index widget on the front page.

* Check the district’s Facebook or Twitter account for advisories.

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