Bay Area Winter Spare-The-Air Alert Issued For Monday

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SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) — Bay Area air quality officials have issued a Winter Spare the Air alert for Monday, the fourth of the season.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District Sunday issued the alert, which bans burning wood, manufactured firelogs, or any other solid fuel both indoors and outdoors.

Air quality is expected to be unhealthy in the region due to cold weather and a lack of wind that will trap air pollutants close to the ground, according to the district.

Particulate matter from wood smoke is the main source of winter air pollution, and has been linked to illnesses such as asthma, bronchitis and lung disease.

People should check the daily burn status – which can be found online at http://www.baaqmd.gov or http://www.sparetheair.org – before burning wood during the Winter Spare the Air season, which runs from Nov. 1 to Feb. 28.

People who are found to be burning wood during a Spare the Air Day could face fines. First-time offenders will receive a warning, but a second violation is subject to a $400 fine, with steeper fines for further violations.

Residents and businesses that burn wood as their only source of heat are exempt from the alerts.

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