Ask Joe: Washoe County Burn Code

Reported by: Joe Hart
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Updated: 12/07/2012 6:47 pm

Glenn Morrill wrote in asking if the burn code applies to everyone in Washoe County ? 
He lives in  an outlying area and doesn't think he should be prevented from using his fireplace.

I checked with Phil Ulibari at the Washoe County Health District about this.
He says the burn code program, which is the green, yellow and red advisory, does not apply to the entire county or the Lake Tahoe basin.  It applies to residents in southern Washoe County from Washoe Valley up to Silver Knolls.  The program boundaries are defined by zip codes and you can find out if your zip code is included by the going to the air quality website which is and you'll find a link on our site at
By the way wood burning contributes to about half  of our wintertime pollution from fine particulates in the air. That's why county officials say its important to follow the code and you can watch brandon and jenn's weather segments to stay up to date on the burn code.

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