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From page A3 | January 01, 2014 | 5 Comments

FAIRFIELD — New Year’s Day arrives with another Bay Area burn ban in place.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District called a mandatory Winter Spare the Air alert for Wednesday. Residents in southern Solano County – including Fairfield, Suisun City, Vallejo and Benicia – who burn wood in a fireplace face getting a fine.

This marks the 24th Winter Spare Alert of this fall and winter. The Spare the Air season runs from Nov. 1 through February.

The district issued 10 alerts for the entire 2012-13 season, 15 for 2011-12, four for 2010-11, seven for 2009-2010, 11 for 2008-09 and six for 2007-08. But this season still hasn’t topped 2006-07. The district that year called 30 Winter Spare the Air alerts.

The same high pressure that has kept storms away from the Bay Area for most of the fall and winter is also trapping chimney smoke close to the ground.

“Wood smoke has many of the same hazardous substances as cigarette smoke,” said Jack Broadbent, executive officer of the district, in a press release.

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.

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

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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  • Rick WoodJanuary 01, 2014 - 7:52 am

    JazzAzz: You predicted Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Years Eve, and New Years Day would all be no-burn days. Congratulations. I'm sorry we missed the opportunity to refute your conspiracy theories regarding the BAAQMD. The weather didn't cooperate.

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  • JazzAzzJanuary 01, 2014 - 8:08 am

    Going for a walk soon this morning with my little Buddy. And I'd be willing to bet that I will smell the sweet smell of wood smoke everywhere I walk, and loving it. Record fine years???? Maybe But I still advise not paying those abusing SOBs one red cent. Maybe if you have a State Tax return coming, they could nail that, or you win the lottery, but I see NO other way for them to collect. BURN BABY BURN!!!!!! And don't pay those vultures ONE RED CENT!!!!!!

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  • JazzAzzJanuary 01, 2014 - 8:12 am

    P.S. I haven't been outside yet, but I won't be surprised if looking as far as I can see I will only see some morning overcast. Talk about an agency crying, "Wolf," too often. Have Asama??? What are you doing outdoors without an allergy mask in this cold weather anyway? We also have rights, more of us than them, IMO.

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  • JazzAzzJanuary 01, 2014 - 8:15 am

    Hey you A__H_les BAAQMD, are you going to subsidize our P.G.&E bills, my HIGHEST YET???!!! Nope, didn't think so!!!!!!

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  • The MisterJanuary 01, 2014 - 9:23 am

    The new year starts off with tyranny. I'll bet it only gets worse.

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