Winter Spare The Air Alert Issued For Thursday

It's the third straight day a ban on wood burning has been put in place

Winter Spare the Air alert issued for Thursday
Winter Spare the Air alert issued for Thursday
Make it two for two in 2014.

Winter Spare the Air alert has been issued for Thursday.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District made the announcement at midday Wednesday, saying stagnant, dry air in the region is trapping pollutants close the ground.

It's the 25th alert so far this winter season. Only 10 alerts were issued during the entire winter season last year.

It's the third straight day an alert has been issued. A wood burning ban has been declared in 10 of the past 11 days.

The Thursday 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.

The air quality district has 60 inspectors that follow up on complaints and issue citations.


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