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Air district extends burning ban to Monday

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From page A5 | December 09, 2013 | 7 Comments

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:

  • On the air district websites at www.baaqmd.gov or www.sparetheair.org.
  • By calling 877-466-2876 . Complaints can also be filed at this number.
  • By signing up for AirAlerts at www.sparetheair.org or phone alerts at 800-430-1515.
  • Using the Spare the Air iPhone and Android apps.

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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Glen Faison

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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  • Rick WoodDecember 09, 2013 - 5:00 am

    Very informative. Thanks.

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  • CD BrooksDecember 09, 2013 - 7:04 am

    More fish in a barrel. So the cop is driving down the street passing several errant shopping carts along the way "Police Chief Walt Tibbet says his people are too busy to get involved." He/she sees smoke coming from a chimney, pulls over and writes the offending “criminal” a citation? Meanwhile, a real criminal is recklessly and wantonly obliterating every traffic law known to man...and woman. "Police Chief Walt…Oh yeah, never mind.

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  • The MisterDecember 09, 2013 - 7:05 am

    Agenda 21 in action. Did any of you fine citizens vote in any of the people on the Bay Area Air Quality Management District? No?! Can you demand redress of grievances from this group? No?! See... that's Agenda 21; they take away your rights, they take away local control... and you can't do squat about it. Seems to me that if "air quality" is such an urgent and important thing on Spare the Air alert days in southern Solano County, then it seems very proper and fair to shut down I-80 until the alert expires. I'm very sure all those out-of-the-area cars significantly degrade the air quality. So, if you can't warm up your feet by your fireplace this morning, then take a ride up and down I-80 right now observing the MINIMUM speed limit. Let's get a thousand people out there right now going 40 on I-80... that will get some attention!

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  • CD BrooksDecember 09, 2013 - 7:34 am

    The Mister, there is no minimum speed law in California. Driving too slowly as to be unsafe would be a CHP subjective call. That could be anywhere from 40 to 65! But some law enforcement personnel (obviously not FPD…too busy) should make sure there is no lawn mowing and all gasoline powered landscape tools are shut down.

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  • Suisun1December 09, 2013 - 10:15 am

    @The Mister Your concerns about regulating air pollution sound eerily familiar to the Chinese state mouthpiece here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10505309/Smog-makes-you-funnier-and-smarter-Chinese-media-claims.html

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  • Suisun1December 09, 2013 - 10:08 am

    Air pollution kills. Without these needed regulations, we're looking at higher death tolls, increased rates of asthma, and just more kids and seniors coughing since they have less developed respiratory function. Average asthma related ER visit is $11,000. Guess who pays? The taxpayers. Without these needed regulations, we're on the path to becoming a place like smog-filled Beijing.

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  • CD BrooksDecember 09, 2013 - 10:21 am

    We removed our fire place ten years ago after too many trips to Reno and seeing our future would be much the same if everyone kept burning wood. We do have an electric fireplace now but that is just for effect. I am especially grateful for my heater on days like this! :)

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