Another 'Spare the Air' day | Town Square | Almanac Online |

Town Square

Post a New Topic

Another 'Spare the Air' day

Original post made on Dec 29, 2014

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air alert for today.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, December 29, 2014, 11:26 AM

Comments (7)

3 people like this
Posted by Memories
a resident of another community
on Dec 29, 2014 at 11:56 am

Last night a number of places in Menlo and Atherton were burning wood. Are people not getting the message, or maybe they don't care? Are Spare the Air days something that should be added to city and county alert systems?

5 people like this
Posted by Matt
a resident of Woodside: Family Farm/Hidden Valley
on Dec 29, 2014 at 12:23 pm

Children and adults with the piddling problem of breathing difficulties are not as important as a libertarian exercising his rights to pollute with wood-smoke. Been discussed many times here.

Like this comment
Posted by Brian
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Dec 30, 2014 at 1:25 pm

Many people don't get the message about Spare the Air days, and there are exemptions to the wood burning ban. If you have a neighbor who is burning on a spare the air day, why don't you do the nice thing and go talk to them?

1 person likes this
Posted by parent
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Dec 30, 2014 at 1:40 pm

The problem is very low publicity of this program. For example, Palo Alto Online never publishes them. Even the announcement here is a full day after the original press release, reducing the number of people who will read it in time to make a difference.

1 person likes this
Posted by Renee Batti
associate editor of The Almanac
on Dec 30, 2014 at 1:48 pm

Renee Batti is a registered user.

Parent, the article was posted in the news section of this website yesterday morning, the "Spare the Air" day, so your statement is not accurate. Almanac editors post such alerts as soon as we are aware of them.

1 person likes this
Posted by parent
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Dec 30, 2014 at 2:44 pm

The article was posted here on Monday, but the press release was issued on Sunday. Spare the Air announcements are always made 24 hours in advance to give people time to find out and make plans.

The Sunday afternoon TV weather reports covered this (for the alert to go into effect on Monday), though, of course, many people don't watch TV anymore and missed that.

Like this comment
Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Dec 30, 2014 at 8:20 pm

Hmmm is a registered user.

Parent - you're incorrect. The Almanac posted via Twitter and this site on Sat., 12/27, about the alert. Not sure why it was reposted here as well, except perhaps as a reminder, which is helpful.

I also noticed a lot of smoke in the air on Sunday.

Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.


Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

Get fact-based reporting on the COVID-19 crisis sent to your inbox daily.

The Nut House is back -- with a self-taught chef and Palo Alto native in the kitchen
By Elena Kadvany | 18 comments | 7,164 views

Public statues: Up or down? But does the historical importance of the individuals represented matter?
By Diana Diamond | 40 comments | 3,954 views

Bay Area and Palo Alto RHNA
By Steve Levy | 16 comments | 2,303 views

Temporary Outdoor Dining Areas - A Critical First Step for Rebuilding Downtown Menlo Park?
By Dana Hendrickson | 21 comments | 2,084 views

Stay Together or End the Relationship? Independence or Interdependence?
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 1,759 views