A record 10th consecutive Winter Spare the Air alert has been issued for Tuesday (Dec. 17) by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, banning wood burning in the region.
An ongoing cold weather pattern combined with low winds have prompted the string of alerts, issued by the air district when air pollution rises to unhealthy levels.
The alert is the 14th since the district's Winter Spare the Air season began on Nov. 1 and bans wood burning both indoors and outdoors, except for homes that have no other source of heat.
First-time violators of the ban are offered a wood smoke awareness class or a $100 ticket. Subsequent violations can lead to increasing fines, according to the district.