FAIRFIELD — A Spare the Air day alert has been called for Wednesday, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.
The district, which includes the southwestern half of Solano County, is making the call because a cold weather pattern is holding on and pushing down pollution that is making the air unhealthy, according to district spokeswoman Kristine Roselius.
Wednesday’s alert makes it illegal to burn wood anywhere in the San Francisco Bay area. The restriction includes fire pits and manufactured logs. Those who do burn wood will be subject to a warning letter for their first offense and a fine of $400 and more for subsequent offenses.
This alert follows only a week after the district issued several alerts last week, one after another.
“It’s a little unusual to have quite this many,” Roselius said. “We are seeing more people burning during alerts and we are concerned about breathing particulate matter.”
The Wednesday alert is expected to last only one day.
“We are hoping for a weather system that will push some of the pollution out,” Roselius said.
For more information about the Spare the Air days and if one has been announced, go to http://www.sparetheair.org.
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