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Bay Area Winter Spare-The-Air Alert Tuesday, Wood Burning Ban Extended

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Another Winter Spare the Air Day has been called for Tuesday, prohibiting all wood burning in the Bay Area for another 24-hour period, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

The air alert is in effect and will continue Tuesday for the seventh day this season, air officials said.

During a prolonged cold snap with temperatures dropping into the 30s and below, air pollution is expected to reach unhealthy levels again on Tuesday.

During a Spare the Air Day during the winter, it is prohibited to use fireplaces, woodstoves, pellet stoves, outdoor fire pits or any other wood-burning device. Wood burning is only legal in homes where woodstoves or fireplaces are the only heat source.

Violators could face fines of up to $500.

To file a complaint or to find out more about the alert, residents can visit the district’s website at http://www.sparetheair.org or call (877) 4-NO-BURN.

The Winter Spare the Air season runs until Feb. 28.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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