Sunday another 'Spare the Air' day


A third consecutive winter Spare the Air alert has been issued for Sunday, Bay Area Air Quality Management District officials announced yesterday.

No one is allowed to burn wood, manufactured fire logs or any other solid fuel anywhere throughout the Bay Area for the entire day, air district officials said.

Cold, calm weather in the region from a high-pressure weather system has resulted in poor air quality, according to district officials.

"Unfortunately, we have not seen the change in weather conditions needed to improve air quality," Jack Broadbent, air district executive officer, said in a statement.

"We are asking the public's continued cooperation in reducing harmful wood smoke pollution and helping to protect the health of all Bay Area residents," Broadbent said.

Residents and businesses are prohibited from using fireplaces, wood stoves, pellet stoves, outdoor fire pits or other wood-burning devices while the alert is in effect, air district officials said.

The winter Spare the Air season started on Nov. 1 and ends on Feb. 28.

Anyone found in violation of the ban will first be required to take a wood smoke awareness class in lieu of paying a $100 ticket, air district officials said.

Those who violate the alert a second time will be fined $500, and subsequent violators will be ticketed higher amounts, according to air

district officials.

More information on the district's daily burn status can be found by visiting the =B air district website== or, by calling (877) 4-NO-BURN toll free, or through the Spare the Air iPhone and Android apps.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by no rain no fire
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jan 3, 2015 at 5:00 pm

Common sense says don't light up unless it is raining.

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Posted by Catharina
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Jan 3, 2015 at 8:15 pm

Any information about whether any violators of the ban have been identified? I have been smelling woodsmoke in our neighborhood.

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Posted by complaints
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jan 3, 2015 at 10:04 pm

You can file a complaint through their web site: Web Link
Sounds to me like they don't have enough personnel to aggressively police this law unless without complaints from neighbors.

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