FAIRFIELD — Friday is a Spare the Air day in the Fairfield-Suisun area, which means people who burn wood in their fireplaces face a fine.
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District issued the 24-hour Spare the Air alert to ban wood-burning, both indoors and outdoors, in the region. The stated goal is to protect air quality and people’s health. The alert marks the ninth this fall and winter.
Rain usually means good air quality, but not always, an agency press release said. The recent light rains and wind failed to flush out particle pollution that had already reached unhealthy levels, it said.
“Smoke pollution was high in many neighborhoods throughout the Bay Area on Wednesday, making it difficult for people to breathe,” agency Executive Officer Jack Broadbent said in the release. “And unfortunately, we are expecting unhealthy conditions again on Friday.”
Southern Solano County, including Fairfield, Suisun City, Vallejo and Benicia, is in the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and is subject to the mandatory Spare the Air alert and fines for violations.
Northern Solano County, including Vacaville, Rio Vista and Dixon, is in the Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District, which does not have mandatory alerts.
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