FAIRFIELD — The Bay Area Air Quality Management District issued yet another winter Spare the Air Alert for Sunday.
The alert bans the burning of wood, manufactured logs or any other solid fuel indoors and outdoors for 24 hours.
A lack of precipitation and wind has kept stagnant air over the region for much of the month, prompting repeated air quality alerts.
With the alert in effect, it is illegal for Bay Area residents and businesses to use their fireplaces, wood stoves, pellet stoves, outdoor fire pits or any other wood-burning devices. Homes without permanently installed heating, where wood stoves or fireplaces are the only source of heat, are exempt.
Wood smoke is the major source of air pollution in the Bay Area in the winter and is especially harmful to children, the elderly and people with respiratory conditions, the air quality district has said.
First-time violators have the option of taking a wood-smoke awareness class online or by mail, in lieu of paying a $100 ticket.
Second violations will result in a $500 ticket, and subsequent ticket amounts will be higher.
The public must check before they burn during the Winter Spare the Air season, which runs from Nov. 1 through Feb. 28. The daily burn status can be found:
• On the Air District websites: www.baaqmd.gov or www.sparetheair.org.
• Via the toll-free hotline 877-4-NO-BURN (complaints can also be filed via the hotline).
• By signing up for AirAlerts at www.sparetheair.org or phone alerts at 800-430-1515.
• Via the Spare the Air iPhone and Android apps.
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