Air quality in the Bay Area is forecast to be unhealthy this weekend, prompting the fourth consecutive Winter Spare the Air Day alert for Saturday, air district officials said.
The alert is also in effect today, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. During a Winter Spare the Air Day, it is illegal for Bay Area residents to burn wood or other solid fuels in fireplaces, wood stoves, fire pits or elsewhere, according to the air district.
Violators can receive a $500 fine, while first-time offenders can opt to take a wood smoke awareness class in lieu of the ticket. The winter air quality enforcement period runs between Nov. 1 and Feb. 28.
More information is available at www.sparetheair.org or at the toll-free hotline at (877) 4-NO-BURN.