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Winter Spare The Air Alert Ordered For Saturday

The wood burning ban is in place for the fifth straight day now

Winter Spare The Air alert is in effect for Saturday
Winter Spare The Air alert is in effect for Saturday
Don't touch that wood pile.

Winter Spare the Air alert has been issued for Saturday.

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

It's the 27th alert so far this winter season. Only 10 alerts were issued during the entire winter season last year.

It's the fifth straight day an alert has been issued. A wood burning ban has been declared in 12 of the past 13 days.

“Although we’re expecting some improvements in air quality on Saturday, we still anticipate that air pollution will reach unhealthy concentrations in parts of the Bay Area,” said Jack Broadbent, executive officer of the air district. “We appreciate the continued cooperation of Bay Area residents in not using their fireplaces and wood stoves, since the wood smoke they create can cause health impacts not only in their neighborhood but also as it flows to other areas in the region.”

The Saturday 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.

JKI January 04, 2014 at 09:12 PM
A former Clayton councilmember, Pete Laurence, wrote an interesting related commentary today @the Times, it's hard to find just clicking through. "Opinion: Just who is monitoring those who monitor the air quality?"- - http://www.contracostatimes.com/endorsements/ci_24835899/just-who-is-monitoring-those-who-monitor-air

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