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Winter Spare the Air Season Begins

When a Winter Spare the Air Alert is in effect, it is illegal to burn wood, manufactured fire logs, pellets, or any other solid fuels in your fireplace, woodstove, or outdoor fire pit.

The 2012/2013 Winter Spare the Air season begins Thursday, Nov. 1 and runs through Feb. 28, 2013.

Each day by 2 p.m., the Air District will issue an air quality forecast for the next day. If air quality is forecast to be unhealthy, a Winter Spare the Air Alert will be called. The alert will be in effect the entire next day, for a full 24 hours.

When a Winter Spare the Air Alert is in effect, it is illegal to burn wood, manufactured fire logs, pellets, or any other solid fuels in your fireplace, woodstove, or outdoor fire pit.

During the winter season, wood smoke is the largest source of harmful particulate pollution, or soot. These microscopic particles are so small that several thousand could fit on the period at the end of this sentence.

Residents can find information about the health effects of wood smoke, as well as detailed information about the Wood Burning Ruleand how to comply with it.

Here are answers to some Frequently Asked Questions about the Winter Spare the Air program.

You can also file a wood smoke complaint online.

 

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DanC November 02, 2012 at 07:37 PM
I'm shocked. We usta have Spare the Air days, now it's a season and "alerts" will be issued. Are we finally admitting the Bay Area is not "naturally air conditioned". Guess what! It never has been.

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