FAIRFIELD — Residents in southern Solano County – including Fairfield, Suisun City, Vallejo and Benicia – who burn wood in a fireplace on Sunday will face a fine.
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has called a mandatory Winter Spare the Air alert for the 29th time since Nov. 1.
The cause remains a persistent high-pressure area that has kept rain away and is trapping wood smoke close to the ground.
The front is also expected to keep daytime temperatures in the upper 60s through much of the week.
With the alert in place, 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.
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.
Winter 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.
Reach Mike Corpos at 427-6979 or email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/mcorposdr.