Cold plus no wind means 'Spare the Air' days

No wood or sawdust-log burning allowed in Bay Area, subject to fines

Bay Area air quality officials have issued a Winter Spare the Air alert, which bans burning wood, manufactured firelogs, or any other solid fuel both indoors and outdoors.

Air quality is rated as unhealthy in the region today (Jan. 16) and is expected to get worse Monday due to cold weather and a lack of wind that will trap air pollutants close to the ground, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

Particulate matter from wood smoke is the main source of winter air pollution, and has been linked to illnesses such as asthma, bronchitis

and lung disease. People should check before burning wood during the Winter Spare the Air season, which runs from Nov. 1 to Feb. 28.

People who are found to be burning wood during a Spare the Air Day could face fines. First-time offenders will receive a warning, but a second

violation is subject to a $400 fine, with steeper fines for further violations.

Residents and businesses that burn wood as their only source of heat are exempt from the alerts.


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a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Jan 16, 2011 at 5:19 pm

phfft! Notice how winter spare the air days always occur on weekends and holidays when employees get paid double overtime! Here is an agency that needs regulation or at least direction.

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Posted by Nancy
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 16, 2011 at 5:33 pm

Spare the Air days are triggered by air pollution, please don't discourage people from making our air more healthy for all of our neighbors who suffer from asthma, cystic fibrosis, are cardio pulmonary disease. Have some compassion - children are trying to breath and the tiny particles from wood smoke trigger asthma attacks on days like today when the air is cold and there is very little wind to blow the smoke away. I am so tired of this knee-jerk hate-government attitude getting in the way of people taking care of their community and being kind to each other.

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Posted by air pollution sucks
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jan 16, 2011 at 5:49 pm

Here's a hint: don't pollute on sunny days. Your pollution just accumulates and chokes your neighbors. If you must, do your polluting on rainy days. This winter has had plenty of those.

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Posted by Mack
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 19, 2011 at 9:05 am

Question authority!

Power to the people

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