Air district issues second 'Spare the Air' alert

Wood-burning ban in place Thursday as district warns of unhealthy air quality

For the second day in a row, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District is asking residents to refrain from burning wood.

The season's second "Winter Spare the Air Alert" has been issued for Thursday (Dec. 8). Anticipating high levels of pollution this week, district officials also issued a Spare the Air Alert for Wednesday (Dec. 7).

District officials said that wood burning, both indoors and outdoors, will be illegal all day Wednesday and Thursday.

"Winter air pollution is mainly caused by particulates or soot pollution from wood smoke," district officials said in a statement. "Smoke from wood-burning fires is linked to illnesses such as asthma, bronchitis and lung disease, and is especially harmful for children and the elderly."

The district's Winter Spare the Air season began Nov. 1 and will end on Feb. 29. Residents are advised to check or call (877) 4-NO-BURN to check the daily burn status. Those interested in signing up for alerts about Winter Spare the Air days can visit the website or call (800) 430-1515.

— Bay City News Service


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Posted by Asking
a resident of Mountain View
on Dec 8, 2011 at 8:04 pm

Your headline is incorrect. The air district is not "asking" people not to use their fireplaces, etc. It is REQUIRING no wood burning.

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Posted by smokey
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Dec 8, 2011 at 8:29 pm

You can smell the smoke around the neighborhood. It is choking all our kids. Please don't burn on sunny days! If you must, do your burning on rainy days, please. Thank you.

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Posted by Peter K. Mueller
a resident of Barron Park
on Dec 9, 2011 at 10:53 am

It would be informative if you could publish also the concentrations of particulate matter in micrograms per cubicmeter that the standard is trying to meet and where monitors report what these concentrations actually are during this period of alerts. If that's too much then at least give the web address for BAAQMD where one could easily look up such information.

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Posted by smokey
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Dec 9, 2011 at 11:45 am

The article says the web site is

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