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A haze partially obscures the views of the hills surrounding the Suisun Valley Tuesday afternoon. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air day alert for Wednesday. (Brad Zweerink/Daily Republic)

A haze partially obscures the views of the hills surrounding the Suisun Valley Tuesday afternoon. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air day alert for Wednesday. (Brad Zweerink/Daily Republic)

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Southwestern Solano sees another Spare the Air day

By From page A1 | December 13, 2011

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.

Reach Ian Thompson at 427-6976 or [email protected]

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson has worked for the Daily Republic longer than he cares to remember. A native of Oregon and a graduate of the University of Oregon, he pines for the motherland still. He covers Vacaville and Travis Air Force Base for the Daily Republic. He is an avid military history buff, wargamer and loves the great outdoors.
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  • JazzAzzDecember 14, 2011 - 3:17 pm

    Hey PPL, don't know why this story is not showing ANY comments, but I sure as heck had one. Thought maybe it was removed. But is still here :-)

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  • T.J.December 14, 2011 - 4:16 pm

    They always do these stupid spare the air days on the coldest nights and then wonder why more and more people are burning on a spare the air night. Money is tight now days and PG&E bills get exspensive when the heater won't shut off. If you get all of your firewood for free like I do it's kind of a no brainer to just go ahead and burn. I mean what's the actual chance of getting caught? Have any of you been caught or fined? We have been burning wood for heat ever since man figured out how to rub two sticks together and now all of a sudden wood smoke is killing us. It's cold out, stay in the house if you don't want to smell it or if your worried about breathing it in. This is just another stupid feel good tree hugger law. Why don't they go after the big boys like the refineries. Talk about pollution and stink. I was at the drag races and out by the pits where they fire up the cars. Talk about pollution, smoke, and stink when they fire those bad boys up. Man I was choking, gaging, eyes watering. Where were the spare the air tree huggers on that kind of stuff. OMG I'm starting to think like Rich Giddens, CA SUCKS. And no I can't move, Wifey doesn't want to leave the grandkids.

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  • JazzAzzDecember 14, 2011 - 7:24 pm

    “We are seeing more people burning during alerts and we are concerned about breathing particulate matter.” That's right, and we are going to keep on keeping on, burning WHENEVER WE WANT TO!!! Try to catch us who use manufactured logs. they hardly put out any smoke at all, except maybe just a moment or two when the wrapper burns off. AND after dark, you will NOT SEE A THING, PERIOD. FINE US??? Good LUCK!!!! Try and collect. What are you going to do, take our BURN LICENSE AWAY>>LOL. You will never EVER collect a dime from me if fined. And I suggest that everyone do what they want!!!!!! This is not the old Soviet Union. But is becoming more of a Nanny state all the time. Get the GOVERNMENT OUT OF OUR PERSONAL LIVES, NOW!!!!!! Everybody, heads up, this abusive agency needs to be KILLED. See how to do that at: http://killcarb.org/

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  • T.J.December 15, 2011 - 9:12 am

    Had a nicefire last night. Man was it cozy in the house. Nice hot fire gives off very little smoke. Smoked a tri-tip also last night for dinner on purpose only because it was a spare the air night.

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