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First 'Spare the Air' Alert of Winter Issued For Monday

A cold weather patter and lack of wind has caused air pollution to rise to unhealthy levels, according to Bay Area air quality officials.

The first Spare the Air alert of the winter season has been issued  for Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. Courtesy Wikimedia
The first Spare the Air alert of the winter season has been issued for Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. Courtesy Wikimedia

—By Bay City News Service

The first Spare the Air alert of the winter season has been issued for Monday by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

A cold weather pattern and lack of wind has allowed air pollution to rise to a level that is considered unhealthy, according to the BAAQMD.

The alert bans the burning of wood, manufactured fire logs or other solid fuel, both inside and outdoors, for 24 hours.

Homes without permanently installed heating systems are exempt.

Wood smoke, the largest source of winter air pollution in the Bay Area, contains particulates and carbon monoxide and can especially harm children, the elderly or people with respiratory conditions.

Anyone who violates the burning ban will be given the option of taking a wood smoke awareness class or paying a $100 fine, according to the BAAQMD.

Second-time violators will be fined $500.

People concerned about wood smoke pollution can call (877) 4NO-BURN or visit www.baaqmd.gov to file a complaint or get more information.

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Mckenna Smith November 25, 2013 at 01:15 PM
How can I report my neighbor?
Sheila Sanchez (Editor) November 25, 2013 at 01:57 PM
@Mackena People concerned about wood smoke pollution can call (877) 4NO-BURN or visit www.baaqmd.gov to file a complaint or get more information.
Esmée St James November 25, 2013 at 05:15 PM
Spare The Air is a great idea, glad they have it here. Some folks may be unaware, good idea to gently let your neighbors know or forward them the Patch story!
Jeremy Barousse November 25, 2013 at 05:16 PM
I totally support Spare the Air days, and try to take public transportation on those days. We should all refrain from burning wood in our fireplaces and learn to put on a sweater or blanket when at home.
Marilyn Leonard November 25, 2013 at 06:01 PM
I support Spare the Air too, although it always seems that the cold, damp days that make me think about building a fire are the ones that are Spare the Air! Oh well, like Jeremy said, grab a sweater and a blanket.

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