FAIRFIELD — Thursday is a Spare the Air day in the Fairfield-Suisun area, which means people who burn wood in their fireplaces face a fine.
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District issued the 24-hour Spare the Air alert to ban wood-burning, both indoors and outdoors. The stated goal is to protect air quality during a time when weather conditions could trap wood smoke near the ground. The alert marks the fifth of the winter.
“Wood smoke is the other secondhand smoke around our homes,” agency Executive Officer Jack Broadbent said in a press release. “It is important to reduce this smoke around our homes and neighborhoods when weather conditions trap smoke near the ground.”
Southern Solano County, including Fairfield, Suisun City, Vallejo and Benicia, is in the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and is subject to the mandatory Spare the Air alert and fines for violations.
Northern Solano County, including Vacaville, Rio Vista and Dixon, is in the Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District, which does not have mandatory alerts.
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