2nd Straight Spare The Air Alert Issued For Thursday

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – For the second day in a row, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District is asking residents to refrain from burning wood.

The season’s second “Winter Spare the Air Alert” has been issued for Thursday. Anticipating high levels of pollution this week, district officials also issued a Spare the Air Alert for Thursday.

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District officials said that wood burning, both indoors and outdoors, will be illegal all day today and Thursday.

“Winter air pollution is mainly caused by particulates or soot pollution from wood smoke,” district officials said in a statement. “Smoke from wood-burning fires is linked to illnesses such as asthma, bronchitis and lung disease, and is especially harmful for children and the elderly.”

The district’s Winter Spare the Air season began Nov. 1 and will end on Feb. 29. Residents are advised to check http://www.sparetheair.org or call (877) 4-NO-BURN to check the daily burn status.

Those interested in signing up for alerts about Winter Spare the Air days can visit www.sparetheair.org or call (800) 430-1515.

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  1. “Smoke from wood-burning fires is linked to illnesses such as asthma, bronchitis and lung disease, and is especially harmful for children and the elderly.”

    Linked only by epidemiology press release style science – for the sake of desperate carbon offset vested interest. There is nothing factual as far as toxicological proof/ detailed study that typical forest log wood is actually linked to these illnesses. Stop lying to the public. How can it be illegal based on “theory”, or “convincing evidence”? Laws need to be based on facts. This is garbage and these clean air “non profit” environmental lawyers shouldn’t have legislative powers over peoples’ need to heat themselves in winter – not only efficiently but also by using carbon neutral, renewable and sustainable fuels. It’s energy policy brain washing to make way for natural gas or other forms of non-renewable fuels for heating.

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