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Air district calls sixth consecutive burn ban day

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From page A3 | December 13, 2013 | 4 Comments

FAIRFIELD — A predicted warming trend hasn’t taken enough hold to end the region’s string of Winter Spare the Air days.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has called a sixth consecutive alert for Friday. Residents in southern Solano County – including Fairfield, Suisun City, Vallejo and Benicia – who burn wood will face getting a fine.

Cold, stagnant weather keeps wood smoke from rising and keeps it close to the ground, where people can breathe it in. There’s been plenty of cold weather in recent days.

“The current weather trend is preventing the built-up air pollution from clearing out in the Bay Area, and we’re calling another Winter Spare the Air Alert to ensure that public health continues to be protected.” said Jack Broadbent, executive officer of the district, in a press release.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service continues calling for warmer weather. Low temperatures in coming days should be above freezing, rather than below it. High temperatures by Monday are to top 60 degrees.

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.

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 13, 2013 - 7:00 am

    March, march, march... the jackboots of tyranny are now an occupying force.

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  • Blanca BotwinDecember 13, 2013 - 7:37 am

    Am I the only one who believes these "Spare the air days" are actually just another way for PG&E to make money? "Spare the air, lighten your wallet" is what it should be called, because it makes NO sense! It's COLD AS ALL GET OUT, AND PEOPLE CAN'T LIGHT A DAMN FIRE, BUT INSTEAD HAVE TO RUN THE HEATER?!?!

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  • JazzAzzDecember 13, 2013 - 5:02 pm

    As I walked my little doggie this morning, I smelt the great smell of a wood fire and saw smoke emanating from a chimney, GOOD FREAKIN GOOD. And no way would I ever make like the Gestapo, German SS troops, or a Soviet Commie, turning a neighbor or person in. SCREW THIS ABUSIVE Air Quality Board. I am going to try to call the local wood stove fire place merchants to see if any would be interested in trying to get an initiative passed to put those (@$#%^&*) C_CK suckers OUT OF BUSINESS!!!!! BURN BABY BURN. Don't pay 1¢ of a fine, EVER!!!!!! By the way, the A__HOLES are ruining a burn Saturday also. Something MUST BE DONE!!!!!!

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  • JazzAzzDecember 14, 2013 - 12:02 am

    P.S. I tried calling the stove store on Rockville Rd, but unfortunately it closed at 5PM, and no one there would answer at 5:06PM, would you believe, so I called one in Vacaville; and the guy I spoke to that Yes, this all was really cutting into their business, but he has not heard any talk amonst their business types to try to get an initiative going. I will try the Fairfield Rockville store sometime tomorrow. There must be interest generated to do something about this power hungry abusive agency. Dr. Bill Wattenburg complained about them nearly on every one of his radio programs when KGO 810AM still had all their talk show hosts, but AFAIK, he never headed up anything. I'd really like to know by what authority they could try to really collect any fines. I personally don't see how, unless they can attach it to a homes property taxes. Even if they took you to court to collect AND got a judgement, I'd still flip them off. BURN BABY BURN!!!

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