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Wood burning bans now in effect year-round on Spare the Air days

Original post made on Nov 21, 2019

Wood burning bans will now be in effect year-round on Spare the Air days in the Bay Area after a vote Wednesday by the region's air quality regulatory board.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, November 21, 2019, 8:30 AM

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 21, 2019 at 9:43 am

There is a trend on warm summer evenings for people to sit around outside fire pits. They are a nuisance as the smoke tends to permeate into other areas annoying neighbors, walkers, etc. I think this is a good move.

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Posted by Rinconada Park
a resident of Professorville
on Nov 21, 2019 at 11:54 am

I am glad to hear this. Some houses near the Rinconada Pool burn wood in the evening, and the particles create a toxic environment for the swimmers and also other who exercise in the park (e.g., tennis, running, etc.).

I hope this ban also applies to the BBQ spots in Rinconada Park as the park turns in to an open-air BBQ competition over the weekends!

No to toxic fumes from wood-burning, BBQ and high-emission, and unnecessarily powerful fossil-burning personal vehicles.

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Posted by parent
a resident of South of Midtown
on Nov 21, 2019 at 2:14 pm

The wood smoke in our neighborhood is sometimes so noxious that we don't let the kids go outside and play. People need to use common sense before lighting up. Please don't light a fire unless it is raining. Thank you.

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Posted by 1drin
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Nov 21, 2019 at 4:24 pm

1drin is a registered user.

Does anyone out there know where and who to report violators of this ban?

neighbors seem to enjoy sitting in their backyard around a fire; not to cook, mind you. Simply to chat around a large fire. The smoke gets everywhere and it's very annoying. When I called police to complain, a rather unpleasant dispatcher said he would send the fire department. This sounded like overkill, so I said to cancel the call.

There must be a more reasonable solution. Suggestions are appreciated.

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Posted by sheesh, really?
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Nov 21, 2019 at 5:13 pm

> When I called police

Police don't know about about baaqmd? Don't know how to google? And all these posters who type so many words when a few in a search engine would suffice?

Web Link

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Posted by Resident
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Nov 21, 2019 at 6:48 pm

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8 people like this
Posted by @(so-called) Resident
a resident of Mountain View
on Nov 21, 2019 at 7:19 pm

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5 people like this
Posted by Truth
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Nov 22, 2019 at 11:00 am

The city should require gas fireplaces. They should ban wood burning in fireplaces year-round, as they have banned smoking cigarettes inside restaurants, etc. Why should anyone have the right to force their smoke upon others? Our neighbors burn wood often and it's unfair that the smoke has to permeate my hair, lungs, and inside of our house. We have to close our windows because of their selfish behavior.

But like all other ordinances, there is no enforcement, so this really doesn't matter.

People have asked where to report. I suppose the PAPD non-emergency number: (650) 329-2413

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Posted by Putin
a resident of Esther Clark Park
on Nov 22, 2019 at 12:18 pm

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