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Wednesday is Another Spare The Air Day

Today's alert is eighth issued by Bay Area Air Quality Management District this winter season.

Another Winter Spare the Air alert banning wood-burning has been issued for the Bay Area on Wednesday.

It is the eighth time the Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued such an alert this winter season.

The 24-hour wood-burning ban is enacted when unhealthy air pollution levels are expected.

The alert prohibits residents and businesses from using fireplaces, woodstoves, pellet stoves, outdoor fire pits or other wood-burning devices.

Fines can be levied for violations, although first-time violators are given the option of taking a wood smoke awareness class instead.

The Winter Spare the Air season began on Nov. 1 and runs through Feb. 28.

For more information about whether an alert has been issued, Bay Area residents can visit www.sparetheair.org or call the toll-free hotline at 877- 4-NO-BURN.

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Mondy Lariz January 23, 2013 at 10:49 PM
I am always amazed by the number of people who ignore these days and burn wood in their fireplaces. The smoke can be a real health hazard! I guess they think the amount they burn won't make a difference or maybe they just don't care what the impact is. Someday there may be a complete ban on burning.
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz January 24, 2013 at 10:38 PM
Thank GOD the rains came....clean up the air.

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