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Third 'Spare the Air' alert issued this week

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

Due to continued poor air quality around the Bay Area, Friday has been declared the third winter Spare the Air Day of the season.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District announced that air quality was expected to continue to be unhealthy, for the third consecutive day, and that wood burning, both indoors and outdoors, will be illegal all day Friday.

The alert bans the burning of wood, manufactured firelogs, or any other solid fuel. During winter months, wood smoke is the leading cause of air pollution in the Bay Area, according to district officials.

Wood smoke contains harmful pollutants, such as soot and carbon monoxide, and toxins such as dioxin, which has been linked to increased cancer rates in adults. About one-third of the harmful soot in the winter air can be attributed to smoke from the 1.4 million fireplaces and wood stoves in the Bay Area, according to the district.

More information about the ban can be found at www.sparetheair.org or by calling (877) 4NO-BURN (466-2876). Those wishing to receive automatic phone calls when a Winter Spare the Air alert is issued can register for the alerts 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 9:37 am

If you must burn, please do it only on rainy days. The smoke is choking our kids. Thank you.


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Posted by Frank
a resident of Ventura
on Dec 9, 2011 at 2:12 pm

I would like to see some pollution statistics - where does our pollution come from. According to the Spare the air web site in summertime "mobile sources - particularly cars and light duty trucks - are the biggest source of Bay Area air pollution, contributing 75 percent of the emission inventory"

But is burning wood really the major source in winter? I understand that burning wood or trash is very dirty but do we burn that much of it to make a difference?

And what of the other sources? Would electrifying Caltrain make a difference? What if everyone got a new car - how much of a difference would that make?


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Posted by don't pollute
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Dec 9, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Air pollution was especially bad today, even here in Palo Alto, which is usually better than the south bay. Saturday is another Spare The Air Day. 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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