Spare the air
As a heat wave moves into the Bay Area, the summer’s first Spare the Air Day has been called for Tuesday.
The alert puts into effect a ban on burning wood, manufactured fire logs and other solid fuels for 24 hours.
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued the 20th winter spare the air alert of the season for Saturday, the agency said Friday. It’s the third consecutive alert this week.
When wood and other solid fuels are burned, the smoke contains fine particulate air pollution can pass deep into the lungs and cause serious health effects to the public.
17 Spare The Air Alerts, 11 In a row tie the record.
As the Bay Area is on track to meet last year’s record of 11 Spare the Air days in a row, neighbors are complaining more than last year about alleged wood burning offenders.
Another Winter Spare the Air alert has been issued for Tuesday, the fifth day in a row that wood burning will be banned in the Bay Area.
The wood burning ban prompted by consecutive Spare The Air days in the Bay Area caused a drop in business for at least one firewood business along the Peninsula.
The 10th Winter Spare the Air Alert this season has been issued for Monday.
The new year cold snap isn’t wrapping up quite yet with freezing temperatures possible once again for most of the Bay Area Friday night and Saturday morning.