FAIRFIELD — Residents in south Solano County will be unable to burn wood on Saturday for a fifth straight day.
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has called a mandatory Winter Spare the Air alert. Stronger winds expected on Saturday should clean up the air somewhat, but not enough, an agency press release said.
Wood smoke from fireplaces and wood stoves can cause health problems in a neighborhood, said Jack Broadbent, executive officer of the district, in the release. In addition, it can flow to other parts of the region.
First-time violators face a $100 fine or must take a class to learn about the hazards of wood smoke pollution. Second-time violators face a $500 ticket, with the amount rising for subsequent offenses.
The mandatory alerts affect southern Solano County, including Fairfield, Suisun City, Benicia and Vallejo. They do not affect the north county, including Vacaville, Rio Vista and Dixon. The north county is in the Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District, which has a voluntary spare the air program.
Winter Spare the Air season for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District runs until Feb. 28.
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