Wood burning banned across Bay Area for 5th day in a row

Workweek to end as it began: with "Winter Spare the Air" alert

More air will be spared on Friday, as a series of "Winter Spare the Air" alerts issued by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District continues.

District officials announced Thursday that wood burning will be banned in the Bay Area on Friday (Dec. 27) for the fifth day in a row and the 20th day this season.

Jack Broadbent, executive officer of the air district, thanked the public for observing the restrictions and acknowledged that there have been a lot of wood-burning bans lately.

"We continue to see stagnant, pollution-trapping weather conditions and unhealthy levels of air pollution in the region, prompting another Winter Spare the Air alert," he said.

On such days, residents are not allowed to burn wood, manufactured fire logs or any other solid fuel indoors or outdoors, unless they live in a home where wood-stoves or fireplaces are the sole source of heat.

Those who violate the ban for the first time will have to pay $100 or take a wood-smoke awareness class; subsequent violations will be punished with a fine of $500 or more.

The idea of Spare the Air days is to keep the air as clean as possible on days when high levels of unhealthy particulate matter have accumulated close to the ground.

Winter Spare the Air season runs from Nov. 1 through Feb. 28. Bay Area residents can check the daily burn status by calling (877) 4-NO-BURN or visiting the district website.

— Bay City News Service


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Posted by Julia
a resident of Alamo
on Dec 27, 2013 at 10:27 am

Jack Broadbent, you need to get a life...

Julia Pardini from Alamo

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Posted by Huh?
a resident of Danville
on Dec 27, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Yeah, Jack - who do you think you are, standing up for the rights of the many against the whims of the entitled few? You should be doing something helpful, like thinking up "witty" remarks to fire off at people who have the unpleasant job of trying to keep the spoiled brats of the community from dumping their unhealthy and unnecessary pollutants into the air their neighbors breathe.

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Posted by Julia
a resident of Alamo
on Dec 29, 2013 at 10:22 am

Hey Huh...your mind thought is as mixed up as Mr. Broadbent.

Your people are funny, you make me laugh.

Thanks for listening, or not...Julia Pardini from Alamo..

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