This winter season brought cleaner air for our region.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District says this winter’s rainy weather resulted in only eight no burn days for the region, the fewest since the 2012-2013 winter season. A no burn day is when an alert is issued to direct that residential fireplaces, outdoor fire pits and wood stoves are not used for a 24-hour period.

The wet weather cleans the air and storms create unsettled conditions in the atmosphere preventing the build-up of pollutants.

Officials say it’s a good idea to sign up for their No Burn alerts through the Check Before You Burn program.