Solano County

Air district calls winter Spare the Air alert

By From page A3 | January 02, 2013

FAIRFIELD — Wood-burning is prohibited Wednesday in much of the Bay Area, including Fairfield-Suisun.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District issued a 24-hour Spare the Air alert. People who burn fires in their fireplaces or burn fires outdoors could face a fine.

“Weather conditions are expected to trap wood smoke near the ground, creating unhealthy air quality in the Bay Area,” agency Executive Director Jack Broadbent said in a press release. “Wood smoke, like cigarette smoke, is unhealthy for everyone, so it is important that Bay Area residents not burn wood during a Winter Spare the Air Alert.”

Southern Solano County, including Fairfield, Suisun City, Vallejo and Benicia, are in the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and are subject to the mandatory Spare the Air alert. Northern Solano County, including Vacaville, Rio Vista and Dixon, are in the Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District, which does not have mandatory alerts.

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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