FAIRFIELD — High pollution levels prompted regional air quality officials Sunday to issue the winter season’s sixth Spare the Air alert for Monday.
It’s the second 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.
Winter’s Spare the Air season for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District runs until Feb. 28. Residents can find out if an alert is in place using the following methods:
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 Monday starting at midnight. Compliance is voluntary.
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