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Another Winter Spare The Air Alert Ordered For Tuesday

It's the third straight day a ban on wood burning has been announced

Another Spare The Air alert is on for Tuesday
Another Spare The Air alert is on for Tuesday
Keep the wood in the wood shed.

Another Winter Spare the Air alert has been issued for Tuesday.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District made the announcement on Monday afternoon, saying the prolonged cold weather is trapping pollutants close the ground and causing unhealthy air.

It will be the third day in a row that an alert has been in effect.

The Tuesday alert prohibits Bay Area residents from burning wood, manufactured fire logs or any other solid fuel both indoors and outdoors for 24 hours.

First-time violators of the ban are given the option of taking a wood smoke awareness class or paying a $100 fine. Second violations result in a $500 fine and the penalties rise with each violation after that.

It's the seventh Spare the Air alert ordered this winter.

Lucas Mingst December 10, 2013 at 01:06 AM
Several people I know have been complaining because the main way they can heat up their house is via a fire place. With these spare the air days they're not supposed to do that. One of them was commenting that their house was at 42 degrees this morning. Frankly I think their health trumps a spare the air day.
Tim December 10, 2013 at 08:51 AM
My guess is that these people have some sort of alternative heating source but are being too cheap to turn it on. I love spare the air days. It means my old timer neighbors can't light their fireplaces and smoke me out with their wet and smelly wood.

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