SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – The stagnant weather in the Bay Area has prompted a string of Winter Spare the Air days for the region, but not everyone has to abide by the rules.
During Winter Spare the Air days, it is illegal to burn wood, manufactured fire logs or any other solid fuels, indoors or outdoors. But it’s a different story for Bay Area restaurant owners.
That’s because restaurants make money, pay employees, and have to pay bills.
“We don’t want to put them out of business,” said Tom Flannigan with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.
Flannigan said that although all wood burning devices cause pollution, the majority come from homes.
“Wood burning ovens represent a very small fraction of the overall wood burning devices in the Bay Area,” said Flannigan. “We have 1.4 million fireplaces throughout the Bay Area.”