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Fourth consecutive 'Spare the Air' alert issued

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

A fourth consecutive winter Spare the Air Day has been issued for the Bay Area on Saturday (Dec. 10) because of continued unhealthy air quality in the region.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District announced Friday afternoon that air quality is expected to continue to be unhealthy and that burning wood, firelogs or any solid fuel, both indoors and outdoors, will be illegal all day Saturday.

Similar bans were also in effect for the nine-county Bay Area on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. During winter months, wood smoke is the largest source of wintertime air pollution in the Bay Area because it contains harmful pollutants such as soot and carbon monoxide, as well as toxins such as dioxin, which has been linked to increased cancer rates in adults.

Bay Area residents must check whether a Spare the Air alert has been issued during the winter season, which runs from Nov. 1 through Feb. 29. The daily burn status can be found at www.sparetheair.org or by calling (877) 4NO-BURN. Those wishing to receive automatic phone calls when a Winter Spare the Air alert is issued can register online or by calling (800) 430-1515.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by don't pollute
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Dec 9, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Air pollution was especially bad today, even here in Palo Alto, which is usually better than the south bay. Please do your part for all our kids health. Don't light up until the next rain storm helps to clean the air. Thank you.


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Posted by Sally
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Dec 9, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Why didn't last week's huge wind storm that blew through Northern California and the western US clear the air? Does that much new pollution accumulate in less than one week?


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Posted by don't pollute
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Dec 9, 2011 at 5:16 pm

Yes, pollution does accumulate quickly when there is no rain and no wind.


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