Solano County

Agency issues Saturday wood-burning ban

By From page A3 | January 04, 2014

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.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

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  • The MisterJanuary 04, 2014 - 7:46 am

    What?! More tyranny? Who'd a thunk it?

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  • christinaJanuary 04, 2014 - 9:14 am

    What about the green house emissions or whatever caused by all this pge use???? Which is worse?

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  • JazzAzzJanuary 04, 2014 - 9:31 am

    Not too mention all the cars going up & down I-80. I imagine that it will be like another spring day today, warm and CLEAR air and beautiful. But once it cools down, IGNORE, IGNORE IGNORE, these abusive Goose stepping tyrants, and enjoy the warmth of your fire places, refusing to acknowledge OR pay ONE RED CENT of any fines, even though they may get it if you have a tax refund or lottery winnings coming, but I see NO OTHER way to legally collect. And don't forget come any election if any of the following are running (the Yolo Solano Board the reps include Jim Spering, John Vasquez, Skip Thompson and one each from the cities of Dixon, Rio Vista and Vacaville, usually the Mayors) vote them OUT for allowing us to be part of the rest of the East Bay Areas mess!!!!

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  • Dan ShildanJanuary 18, 2014 - 12:49 pm

    I commute to work (carpooling of course) and I see all of the pollution going up out of the factories just north of downtown and that's okay as long as I don't use my fireplace (during the winter months) to heat my home. Does this seem absurd to anyone else?

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