Winter Spare the Air
A Bay Area fire department is under scrutiny for staging a live fire training exercise, while residents have been banned from wood burning for several days due to poor air quality.
Yet again, Bay Area residents are being asked to leave their fireplaces and wood stoves unlit during a sixth consecutive “Winter Spare the Air” day on Friday.
For the fifth day in a row, Bay Area residents on Thursday will have to refrain from lighting up the fireplace or other wood burning sources during yet another Winter Spare the Air alert.
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.
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.