Another 'Spare the Air' alert Friday


More air will be spared on Friday, as a series of "Winter Spare the Air" alerts issued by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District continues.

District officials announced today that wood burning will be banned in the Bay Area on Friday for the fifth day in a row and the 20th day this season.

Jack Broadbent, executive officer of the air district, thanked the public for observing the restrictions and acknowledged that there have been a lot of wood-burning bans lately.

"We continue to see stagnant, pollution-trapping weather conditions and unhealthy levels of air pollution in the region, prompting another Winter Spare the Air alert," he said.

On such days, residents are not allowed to burn wood, manufactured fire logs or any other solid fuel indoors or outdoors, unless they live in a home where woodstoves or fireplaces are the sole source of heat.

Those who violate the ban for the first time will have to pay $100 or take a wood-smoke awareness class; subsequent violations will be punished with a fine of $500 or more.

The idea of Spare the Air days is to keep the air as clean as possible on days when high levels of unhealthy particulate matter have accumulated close to the ground.

Winter Spare the Air season runs from Nov. 1 through Feb. 28. Bay Area residents can check the daily burn status by calling (877) 4-NO-BURN or visiting the district's website at

— Bay City News Service


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Posted by Jon Lamet
a resident of another community
on Dec 26, 2013 at 3:31 pm

This should be a "Increase the profits". P.G.&E love these situations. The agenda by BAAQCD is to do away with wood burning stoves. These government entities have to justify their racket, taxpayer funded,socialist, cradle to grave jobs.To those that want to be informed google BAAQCD from it's inception in the mid 1950's to today. It has become a Frankenstein monster. Find out how many employees they have today,wages and pensions.It will make you sick!!

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Posted by Fred
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Dec 27, 2013 at 12:27 pm

So by sparing the air, with record cold nights, Americans are required to purchase either electricity or gas from PG&E in order to heat their homes. Many fireplaces, inserts and other wood burning devices produce no visible smoke, but they have become banned and Americans are subject to be turned in by their neighbors. Something is tragically wrong.

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