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Air district calls 7th straight burn ban day

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From page A4 | December 14, 2013 | 15 Comments

FAIRFIELD — The streak of days with a Bay Area wood burning ban in place continues.

Residents in southern Solano County – including Fairfield, Suisun City, Vallejo and Benicia – who burn wood in a fireplace on Saturday will face getting a fine. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has called a Winter Spare the Air Day for the seventh consecutive day.

“Wood smoke pollution continues to build up throughout the Bay Area due to a stubborn weather system that has kept the smoke from dispersing,” said Jack Broadbent, executive officer of the district, in a press release.

Cold, stagnant air keeps the smoke from rising. District officials say wood smoke has been linked to asthma, heart problems, cancer and other diseases.

The low temperature before dawn Friday dipped to 30 degrees, compared to the mid-20s on some recent days. Temperatures rose to 57 degrees by noon, compared to only the mid-40s a week ago.

So the weather has been slowly warming, moving away from record-breaking cold for this time of the year. The National Weather Service predicts still further warming in coming days, with low temperatures moving from the high 30s to 40 degrees by Monday.

For Saturday, though, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District is predicting another day when wood smoke could pose a health hazard.

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 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 mandatory alerts do not affect the north county, including Vacaville, Rio Vista and Dixon. This area is in the Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District.

Winter Spare the Air season for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District runs until Feb. 28.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or beberling@dailyrepublic.net. 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 MisterDecember 14, 2013 - 7:47 am

    Tyranny is here... are you awake yet?

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  • rlw895December 14, 2013 - 8:11 am

    The sky is falling! The sky is falling!

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  • JazzAzzDecember 14, 2013 - 8:17 am

    Exactly. Talk about them crying, "WOLF," constantly, to the point where hardly NO ONE will listen anymore, total 100% Civil disobedience and refusals to pay ONE RED CENT of ANY FINES. BURN BABY BURN, "Moderate," days, all the way up to their, "100" scale SHOULD BE BURN DAYS. SCREW YOU AIR RESOURCES BOARD!!!!!!!

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  • JazzAzzDecember 14, 2013 - 8:27 am

    Google, "Calif Air Quality Board," under Contact (Complaints), tell them what you think of them, and don't hold back out cussing a sailor :-)!!!!

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  • rlw895December 14, 2013 - 8:30 am

    My comment was a reply to MM, in case anyone else missed that.

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  • rlw895December 14, 2013 - 8:37 am

    JA: Were you fined once and forced to take the class? Is that the source of all this BILE??!!?? If not, then I hope your civil disobedience is overt enough for you to have that experience. That's what Thoreau was talking about. MLK coupled that with nonviolence and changed our world. Problem for you is you have to be on the side of right.

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  • JazzAzzDecember 14, 2013 - 12:25 pm

    Nope never been fined, but of course I wisely burned. First my chimney sits back far enough behind our gate, and I would usually burn using DuraFlames or a similar log, waiting till after dark and those emit hardly nothing visually, just maybe when the wrapper is burning off. As a matter of fact, I once read where Duraflame Corp was supposedly going to sue the Air board over this, since they are really a clean burn product. But apparently nothing has come of that. Anyway so far no fine, or class, neither of which I would do, even if these Gestapo abusers pulled out my finger nails :-). But I will be the first to admit if I am wrong. Going to the store today (Home Depot) the air is obviously real thick with pollutants, more than just overcast. You can barely see the hills anywhere. So I agree that today a NO BURN day probably is justified. But not on the previous obviously clear as far as the eye can see days.

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  • rlw895December 14, 2013 - 3:16 pm

    JA: Showing you can learn. That's good. Now all you have to do is realize your senses aren't the only ones that count.

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  • The MisterDecember 14, 2013 - 8:47 pm

    Do you suppose they'll ever have "No Chemtrail Days" too?

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  • JazzAzzDecember 14, 2013 - 9:02 pm

    Tomorrow the 8th straight day of NO BURNING. But I have to admit, the air did look bad today, almost looking like L.A. or down town Sacto, viewing it, driving across the Yolo Causeway usually telling my Wife how bad Sacto's air looks. And I had really looked forward to one nice all day warmth of a fire at least one day of this weekend.Waiting till after dark to light off a Duraflame, which then can't be seen, the way my chimney is positioned>>LOL>>just not as satisfying as an all day WOOD fire!!!

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  • rlw895December 14, 2013 - 11:12 pm

    Did you ever consider that the last two days, when you could actually see the pollution, were the cumulative effect of the previous days' emissions? BAAQD tries to control emissions before it's too late.

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  • JazzAzzDecember 15, 2013 - 8:13 am

    Yup I am. But obviously with way fewer people burning, the pollution due to climatic atmospheric conditions still persist, blame it on vehicle traffic, much of it streaming up & down I-80 whatever. But those of us that would like a nice warm fire going ought to be able to have one. There are certified clean burning stoves on the market now, yet the Air Board AFAIK has ignored the pleas of that market. Log like Duraflames emit near NOTHING, and that is a FACT, Google it, look it up. Yet the air quality bore ignores that. I still say SCREW THEM. Everyone needs to do what they WANT, you included. Your right, YOUR freedom to do so, CASE CLOSED. We will never see eye to eye. And I WILL NEVER EVER pay 1 CENT of a fine or take a class, if caught burning MY DURAFLAME after dark, which is VERY VERY unlikely!!!!!!! BURN BABY BURN!!!!!!

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  • rlw895December 15, 2013 - 10:23 am

    Atmospheric conditions do not allow pollutants to disburse. What you are seeing is a cumulative effect. And you say your freedom gives you a right to add to the mess. Read the book "Everything Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten." You seem to be stuck in pre-K mode.

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  • JazzAzzDecember 15, 2013 - 11:20 am

    You're probably one of those liberal tree hugging, environTerrorists, that Dr. Bill Wattenburg often spoke of, would rather outlaw wood burning and fireplace, stoves 100% all together, 100% totally again Nuke power plants, etc. etc. No sense continuing this discussion. All you and I can do is AGREE to DISAGREE. I'd love to take a poll on how many feel that our rights are being violated???!!! Anyone game?

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  • rlw895December 15, 2013 - 11:35 am

    No, no, and no. Any other questions? Ever consider you just might be wrong about this?

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