Solano County

Discrict calls another Spare the Air alert for Sunday

By From page A5 | January 19, 2014

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 protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/mcorposdr.


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  • The MisterJanuary 19, 2014 - 8:10 am

    No sheet! I didn't see that comin'!

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  • P. J.January 19, 2014 - 8:14 am

    Spell check! Spell check! DISTRICT!

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  • JazzAzzJanuary 19, 2014 - 10:18 am

    Just came in from out back and unlike Friday, looking over at the hills between Cordelia & Vallejo, the air could not look any clearer. So looks like the DumbArses at the LYING (@#$%^&*) Air Resources Board are socking those lies at us once again, lumping us in with the rest of the polluted air FAR AWAY in the East Bay. And once again I admonish all of you to NOT VOTE FOR ANY CANDIDATE that goes along with this blackmail, tyranny, goose stepping N_zis , and agrees with it, not getting us out of that EAST BAY MESS. And I still advise, but do as you see fit, to IGNORE, IGNORE, IGNORE, as well as send back any citations with, "KISS THIS," on it!!!!!! Especially if it is still cool come Niner game time. Enjoy your fireplaces, stoves, YOUR RIGHTS!!!!!!!

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