The first Winter Spare the Air Alert has been issued for Wednesday, December 1. Air quality in the Bay Area is forecast to be unhealthy tomorrow. It is illegal for Bay Area residents to burn wood or other solid fuels in fireplaces, wood stoves and inserts, pellet stoves, outdoor fire-pits, or other wood-burning devices. 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. Those who are caught burning during a Winter Spare the Air Alert will receive a warning for the first violation. A second violation is subject to a fine. According to the Air District, the fine amount will increase with any additional violations, depending on the severity.
For more information about the wood burning rule, or to check before you burn, visit www.sparetheair.org or call 1-877-4-NO-BURN.
You can also call 1-800-430-1515 and register to receive automatic phone calls when a Winter Spare the Air Alert is in effect.
To see the current air quality forecast, visit www.sparetheair.org.
Thank you for doing your part to Spare the Air!