Saturday: 'Spare the Air' day


The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air Alert for the entire Bay Area for Saturday.

Burning wood or any other solid fuel, such as manufactured fire logs, is prohibited for 24 hours both indoors and outdoors, air district officials said.

"Air pollution from wood smoke is one of the greatest health threats to Bay Area residents during the winter months," BAAQMD Executive Officer Jack Broadbent said in a statement. "Just one burning fireplace can create unhealthy air for an entire neighborhood."

Using fireplaces, wood stoves, pellet stoves, outdoor fire pits or any other device that burns wood is illegal when a Spare the Air Alert is issued, air district officials said.

First-time violators will be fined $100, or they must take a wood smoke awareness class. A second violation results in a $500 fine and the fines for subsequent violations are more.

Homes with wood stoves or fireplaces as the only source of heat are exempt until Nov. 1, when the wood-burning device must be Environmental Protection Agency-certified and registered with the air district, according to air district officials.

Residents are advised to check for Spare the Air Alerts before burning at (877) 4-NO-BURN, or at or

Residents can also check by signing up for AirAlerts at or for phone alerts at (800) 430-1515.

Residents can also check on apps for iPhone and Android phones.

— Bay City News Service

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11 people like this
Posted by resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jan 2, 2016 at 8:39 am

Selfish people ruining everyone's air.

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Posted by Smoggy
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jan 2, 2016 at 7:12 pm


Hold your breath

14 people like this
Posted by Lungs
a resident of Woodside: Skywood/Skylonda
on Jan 2, 2016 at 10:48 pm

When you have asthma - it feels like you are.

12 people like this
Posted by S Emm
a resident of another community
on Jan 3, 2016 at 2:46 pm

Wood smoke kills folks with lung problems.

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