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air pollution warning for Friday, January 8

Original post made by spare the air, Downtown North, on Jan 7, 2010

A Winter Spare the Air Alert has been called for tomorrow, Friday, January 8, in the Bay Area.

The burning of wood and firelogs is banned both indoors and outdoors tomorrow, from midnight to midnight.

Air quality in the Bay Area is forecast to be unhealthy. The use of any and all wood-burning devices including fireplaces, wood stoves and inserts, pellet stoves and outdoor fire-pits is illegal. This wood-burning ban will be in effect for Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, southern Sonoma and southwestern Solano Counties.

Wood smoke is the largest source of wintertime air pollution in the Bay Area. When there is no wind to disperse pollutants from smoke, they become trapped close to the ground and can build up to unhealthy levels, making it difficult for people with asthma and other respiratory conditions to breathe.

For more information about the Wood Burning Rule, or to check before you burn, visit or call 1-877-4-NO-BURN.

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Posted by More worried about Fireplaces than Health Care
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Jan 8, 2010 at 5:41 am

Hmmm...we are more worried about a few fireplaces than we are about the dealings in DC.

I hear more outrage about a few fireplaces burning than I do about the covert actions of our Senate, Congress and WH re: the continuing attempts to destroy all that is good about our health care and take over yet another part of our private economy ( and do the same great job it has done with, for example..GMC..hahaaha)

Here is a link to CSpan talking about a lock-out of news coverage on Health Care Debate now..

Web Link

I am in health care... we know what is coming, and trust me, it won't be the ones who stay employed who suffer, it will be the patients who get less care ( the ONLY way to save money is to give less care) and the employees who get laid off.

Think HMOs on Steroids forced on all of us.

Is this the change you really hoped for?

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