SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Monday marked the start of the winter Spare the Air season. Residents were warned not to burn wood on nights when the air quality was deemed unhealthy.

A crackdown was planned for violators.

KCBS’ Anna Duckworth Reports:

2010 marked the third year the Bay Area Air Quality Management District intended to penalize violators whenever a winter Spare the Air Alert was issued.

“No manufactured logs, no wood, no outdoor fire pits are allowed either,” reminded district spokeswoman Kristin Roselus.

Seven Spare the Air alerts were issued last winter.

“We did have 8 tickets issued last year and they were $400 tickets,” she said. “But we’re actually seeing very few repeat offenders. So first we send out a warning letter. And then, anybody who violates the rule again will be subject to a $400 ticket.”

Air quality officials often relied on neighborhood tipsters. Inspectors also patrolled various communities.

Marin County received the most complaints in 2009, a total of 488.

Winter alerts were typically called on cold, still days when smoke from burning wood had the potential to remain stagnant in the air.

Roselus stressed that the alerts weren’t called simply because of concerns about the environment.

“People are really learning that wood burning can be very toxic, and it’s especially harmful for the elderly and children, and anybody with a respiratory condition.”

The winter Spare the Air season was scheduled through February.

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Comments (11)
  1. Mad Mike says:

    “Air Quality officials often relied on neighborhood tipsters.” You mean neighborhood RATS, don’t you? And lets see how many of these “spare the air days” are on holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve like last year…..and when do we get to vote on these BAAQMD people, anyway? That’s right, never. Because they are far-left enviro-nazis who are appointed for life by our politicians, that’s why….

  2. Roxan says:

    Just never mind the CHEM TRAILS that you see in the sky. Those blips, streaks, parallel lines and giant Xs that anyone can see on almost any day. They’re usually spewed out in 4 plumes by very high-flying silent white planes.

    Funny, how come the weather or news people never talk about them and upon contacting any politicians regarding this, it’s funny how silent they are on this topic.

    The same applies to the CLIMATE CHANGE-GLOBAL WARMING, SUSTAINABILITY, EARTH DAY-HOUR and “Going Green” crowd.

    It’s been reported by some people that some of the ingredients of this are Aluminum, Barium and strontium. I wonder what that does to the vegetation and water as what gets sprayed out must drift down and touch everything.

    1. Murky's Mom says:

      Those contrails are actually crystalized water vapor – so it contains whatever is in the water in the troposphere.

      1. drak says:

        No, they aren’t just simple water vapor. That would be propaganda. Study the facts:

  3. Roxan says:

    These same people also don’t care about DU (Depleted Uranium) from perpetual wars, GM Terminator seeds or fluoridated water.

    I’ve also never heard them speak out in the defense of anyone actually ill with Chemical poisoning such as: Agent Orange, Gulf War Syndrome, MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity) aka TILT, the 9/11 rescue workers and they probably won’t speak out in defense of those who will probably fall ill around the Gulf of Mexico, thanks to the comibination of the BP oil spill and the dispersant, Corexit.

  4. Gee says:

    Thanks for NOT posting my comments……fredom of the press is dead and stinking……….

  5. McD56 says:

    BP oil company gets away with ruining our water and we can’t have a fire in our fireplaces on Thanksgiving and Christmas…..LET FREEDOM RING…..

  6. Murky's Mom says:

    Yo. it would be REALLY helpful if you told us WHERE one the web we could check for Spare the Air alerts. … Although I love KCBS, I don’t always get to listen…

    Or maybe I’m the only one who doesn’t know where to look. 🙂

    1. Coop says:

      Murky’s Mom, you can check to see if a Spare the Air Alert has been called at

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