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Air district bans woodburning for 3rd straight day

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December 11, 2013 | 22 Comments

FAIRFIELD — High pollution levels prompted regional air quality officials Monday to issue the winter season’s seventh Spare the Air alert for Tuesday.

It’s the third consecutive day during which burning wood in fireplaces and similar activity could result in fines for those who do so.

The warning covers residents in southern Solano County, which includes Fairfield, Suisun City, Vallejo and Benicia. Those areas are governed by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

It’s illegal for Bay Area residents and businesses to use their fireplaces, wood stoves, pellet stoves, outdoor fire pits or any other wood-burning devices during a Winter Spare the Air Alert. Homes without permanently installed heating, where wood stoves or fireplaces are the only source of heat, are exempt.

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 remainder of the county – to include Vacaville, Rio Vista and Dixon – is governed by the Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District. Air quality officials there issued a Don’t Light Tonight warning to limit wood burning activities Tuesday starting at midnight. Compliance is voluntary.

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Glen Faison joined the Daily Republic as managing editor in September 2009. He has worked as a reporter and editor for daily and weekly newspapers in the San Joaquin Valley for 20-plus years. His experience includes time as editor of the Golden Eagle, a military paper serving the Lemoore Naval Air Station. He graduated from Fresno State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism and bleeds Bulldogs red. He is an avid Washington Redskins fan, and attended the 1988 NFC Championship Game against the Minnesota Vikings at RFK Stadium. He married his wife, Jill, in 2005, and has three children: Courtni, Tyler and Hayli.
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  • LindaDecember 10, 2013 - 7:36 am

    What"s the logic in telling people that they can't build a fire in their fireplace when it is in the 20's outside. I guess those in charge can afford outrageous pg&e bills but for those that can't are they suppose to freeze to death.

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  • The MisterDecember 10, 2013 - 8:17 am

    Someone said on this topic, to support such police-state dictates, that asthma kills. Guess what... unchecked police-state dictators kill too... governments killed over 260 million of its own people during the past century. The CDC said there was 3,404 asthma-related deaths in 2010 (rate of deaths has been on the rise... meaning the number of deaths have always been less than this number). Let's see, the bigger threat... your fireplace or the police-state? If you defy the police-state, even by lighting a small fire in your own fireplace, you will be arrested and an amount of your property will be taken from you. Do it again and the police-state acts with more violent force. Where does it stop! It stops when we stop it.

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  • rlw895December 10, 2013 - 9:02 am

    Mr.M: Take a Valium.

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  • StRDecember 10, 2013 - 9:28 am

    @ rlw This type of comment is just a waste of valuable Blog space....GO AWAY

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  • CD BrooksDecember 10, 2013 - 10:18 am

    StR, if I may be so bold, rlw895 brings solid, well articulated and thought-provoking opinions to this forum. You should strive to achieve that same level of correspondence. All this time you've not managed to provide any sensible direction to whatever the heck it is you're thinking. Therefore, it is you that is wasting valuable blog space. Thank you.

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  • The MisterDecember 10, 2013 - 10:36 am

    Oh, CD, you are a hoot! "Take a Valium" is, in your world, a "solid, well articulated and thought-provoking opinion". What a sheltered life you must live!

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  • CD BrooksDecember 10, 2013 - 2:38 pm

    The Mister, this from a person that uses Agenda 21 as a catch all for everything. You should broaden your horizons, one day you might catch up.

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  • StRDecember 10, 2013 - 10:40 am

    CD Brooks U R A Pooh head and I just can not Bear it anymore....U have a Good Day Sir !

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  • The MisterDecember 10, 2013 - 10:41 am

    STR... you're a HOOT... that's what you are!

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  • On the next Alex Jones Show...December 10, 2013 - 11:32 am

    On this Tuesday December 10, Alex is joined in the studio by notable investigative journalist Al Kaholik as they discuss the recent reports about the Bilderberg Group's nefarious plan to mind control the population my creating a shortage in aluminum, and thus depriving freedom fighters of invaluable tin-foil hats. Alex also uncovers how Sesame Street is really a nefarious plot to teach communism perpetuated by the Socialist love child of Jane Fonda and Lenin. On today's show, Alex also talks with Dr. Hugh Jass about the diet of Zima, pork rinds and EZ Cheese that Alex has subsided on in his mother's basement for years, and how it has successfully transformed Alex into the freedom fighter he is today. Later Alex takes your calls, but only if you're not one of the lizard people trying to take over the Earth as part of the New World Order Illuminati.

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  • CD BrooksDecember 10, 2013 - 3:16 pm

    StR, just telling you like it is, if nobody else has the guts shame on ‘em. Bring your own take and knock off the copy\paste nonsense that nobody in their right mind (and that would be the majority here ) cares about.

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  • U do your thing I'll do mine....U can't help it if you B A Prima Donna CD !December 10, 2013 - 4:24 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBUlPqaVj88

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  • CD BrooksDecember 11, 2013 - 6:44 am

    Good morning Str! BTW, I prefer "confident."

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  • Next DoorDecember 10, 2013 - 1:00 pm

    Good point The CDC said there was 3,404 asthma-related deaths in 2010 (rate of deaths has been on the rise... meaning the number of deaths have always been less than this number). You see way way back in time there were more people burning wood in their fireplaces but these days less burn because they obey the dictator Gov. yet the number of deaths has increased could be better reporting of what kills people or larger populations or we all live like ants all bunched together could be Farting caused Global Warming I thank yiou all for not Farting as much but now it's freezing could you can start farting again..

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  • Typical County WorkerDecember 10, 2013 - 8:42 am

    What I don't understand is why they are not offering alternatives to fireplaces. There are some really efficient wood/pellet etc. type stoves on the market that don't produce the particulate that they are worried about. Why not promote those? Or offer incentives for central heating and air. Or PG&E discounts. It's just a government agency that wants to waste money and have big salaries.

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  • next doorDecember 10, 2013 - 12:48 pm

    We need to organize a protest to this assult on our freedom get a large group like an entire neighborhood then spread out door to door with the message "tonight at 7PM everyone burn wood in your fireplace to protest the GOVERMENT anounced spare the air day --- Take Back your Freedom Day !

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  • Mr. SmithDecember 10, 2013 - 4:49 pm

    Ha, ha, CD: You have joined the ranks of those of us who, in the past, have attempted to bring StR into this community forum as, at least, a minimally rational contributor--all to no avail. She does not play well with others, as you see. By the way, do you happen to know what the next Alex Jones edition will feature? Or, has anyone else figured out whether or not 911 was an inside job? How many YouTube links are on the internet, anyway--we must be approaching the max, right here on this board. Oops! The doggone illuminati are at my front door again--gotta run!

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  • CD BrooksDecember 10, 2013 - 5:03 pm

    HA! HA! Mr. Smith! Thanks for that! Uh-oh, knock at the door...

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  • rlw895December 10, 2013 - 5:13 pm

    My comment had the virtue of brevity. It was well-reasoned too. Thank you for your support.

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  • @ Mr S If CD is Prima Donna U is ?December 10, 2013 - 7:07 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jx0Om-N2nmQ

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  • Today Tuesday on InfowarsDecember 10, 2013 - 7:12 pm

    On this Tuesday, October 10 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex takes a look at the latest encroachments by the high-tech panopticon control and police grid as Google predicts a not too distant future of total surveillance and microchips implanted in the human brain. Google's prediction arrives as the NSA moves its total surveillance into the virtual realm by placing its operatives into online games and terrain populated by digital avatars. On today's show, Alex talks with Dr. Jim Garrow the former Nobel Peace Prize nominee and founder of The Pink Pagoda, an institute that rescues baby girls from infanticide in China. Garrow previously exposed Obama's purge of high-ranking officers from the military. Alex also takes your calls on this worldwide transmission.

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  • my house my fireplaceDecember 10, 2013 - 8:46 pm

    I'll be dammed if some tree hugger will tell me when I can and can not have a fire! I own my house, I own the wood. Americans disability act says I can.

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