Spare The Air Alert Issued For Saturday

Air quality officials issue their 10th wood burning ban of 2013

For the 10th time this year, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Winter Spare the Air alert.

This one is for all day and all night on Saturday.

Air quality officials say our cold, calm weather has caused air pollution levels to rise again and they expect unhealthy conditions on Saturday.

The alert prohibits the burning of wood, manufactured logs or other solid fuel indoors or outdoors.

“Wood smoke is the other second-hand smoke, with many of the same harmful qualities as cigarette smoke,” said Jack Broadbent, executive officer of the air quality district. “In the Bay Area, it’s the single largest source of air pollution on still winter days.”

First-time violators of the ban have the option of taking an online wood smoke awareness course or paying a fine. Second violations bring a $500 fine. Subsequent violations bring higher fines.

Leonard Vinci February 02, 2013 at 07:16 PM
Hey folks...this is a bunch of bureaucratic BS...Go out side and take in some great fresh air. And this fresh is not because the wood burning fireplaces are shut-down. Folks we are little tiny nothing ants running around on this massive earth. Your ego and your naive attitude is working overtime if you think you have an affect on our climate...I am sure there are many of you that still think Al Gore is correct...Al Gore who??...Where is that fool...
Californicated1 February 07, 2013 at 04:09 PM
Sooner or later, these eco-frauds are also going to tell us when to burp, fart, excrete, and breathe, too, and that we can't do those on "Spare The Air" days, either. Darn bureaucrats!
Leonard Vinci February 07, 2013 at 07:26 PM
The ONLY way things will change is when "we the people" vote ALL the Incumbents OUT OF OFFICE and replace them with new smarted and wiser blood. When you want to complain and blame someone about how things are...go look in the mirror.


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