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More bad air days resulting in more violators

A haze hangs over Bakersfield, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017. Extremely bad air quality is expected to last into the next week, officials say. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

Hazy skies have taken over Bakersfield, and it's looking like stagnant air may linger at least until Saturday.

The San Joaquin Air Pollution Control District hopes residents will take precautions to reduce air pollution.

"It's really important that when we have these pressure systems that sit above us, that don't allow for any type of mixture or disbursement, that valley residents take heed and do what they can to reduce their footprint," said Cassandra Melching, outreach and communications representative for the Valley Air District.

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One way to do that is to pay attention to burning restrictions since smoke is a major contributor to particulate matter pollution.

"The scary thing about wood smoke is it doesn't only affect the people that are closest to that fire, but it also seeps into your neighbor's home. It can go through the cracks and effect the people next door," said Melching.

The Valley Air District remains active in issuing violations to those who violate burning restrictions.

During the 2015-16 burning restriction season, the Valley Air District issued 16 violations. During last year's burning restriction season, they issued 10 violations. So far this year, there's already been 24 violations.

The increase can be linked to more "no burn" days this year compared to previous years.

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