Winter Spare the Air
As the weather starts to turn colder, the cozy feeling of sitting by a roaring fireplace could lead to a stiff fine if that fire is burning during a winter Spare the Air alert, air quality officials said.
The Winter Spare the Air season has ended, and there’s good news to report, as pollution levels from wood burning are down in the Bay Area.
Another Spare the Air Day has been announced by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District for Thursday, the 14th for this winter season.
Two more winter Spare the Air alerts were issued over this past holiday weekend, and once again hundreds of complaints were made about people burning wood fires in their homes.
Those who burn wood during Winter Spare the Air days are first given a warning, then fined for the second offense.
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued its eighth Spare the Air alert for Wednesday and is predicting more could be issued later this week.
Weather conditions forecast for Wednesday are expected to create unhealthy air quality in the Bay Area, prompting the season’s fifth Winter Spare the Air Day.
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District announced Friday afternoon that air quality is expected to continue to be unhealthy and that burning wood, firelogs or any solid fuel, both indoors and outdoors, will be illegal all day Saturday.
Due to continued poor air quality around the Bay Area, Friday has been declared the third winter Spare the Air Day of the season.
Bay Area air quality officials have issued a Winter Spare the Air alert for Monday, the fourth of the season.