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Bay Area officials call 6th consecutive 'Spare the Air' day

Wood-burning ban in effect Saturday

A "Winter Spare the Air" alert has been issued for Saturday (Dec. 28), making it the sixth consecutive day that wood burning will be banned in the Bay Area, air district officials said Friday.

Saturday's ban, issued by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, will be the 21st of the season.

On Winter Spare the Air days, residents cannot burn wood, logs or other solid fuels indoors or outside unless their home depends solely on a wood-stove or fireplace for heat.

The ban will remain in effect for a sixth straight day because a high pressure system over the Bay Area has not allowed fine particulate pollution to move out of the region, air district officials said.

Violators will have to pay a $100 fee for first-time offense or take a wood smoke awareness class. Subsequent violations are punishable with a fine of $500 or more.

— Bay City News Service

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