Solano County

District calls Saturday Spare the Air alert

By From page A1 | January 18, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Residents in southern Solano County – including Fairfield, Suisun City, Vallejo and Benicia – who burn wood in a fireplace on Saturday will face getting a fine.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has called a mandatory Winter Spare the Air alert for the 28th time since Nov. 1. The culprit again is a persistent high-pressure area that has both kept rain away and is trapping wood smoke close to the ground.

“It’s crucial that Bay Area residents not burn wood on Saturday to help protect public health in the Bay Area,” said Jack Broadbent, executive officer of the district, in a news 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.

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 Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or [email protected] 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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  • CD BrooksJanuary 18, 2014 - 6:49 am

    Driving along Dover Ave yesterday afternoon, the comforting aroma of a warm fire caught up with me. I immediately thought of my friend S K and his was against the air quality folks. Funny.

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  • CD BrooksJanuary 18, 2014 - 6:50 am

    ..."his war." Sorry.

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  • JazzAzzJanuary 18, 2014 - 8:24 am

    Morning CD. Dang it this morning I have to tuck my tail between my legs, and say after driving home from grocery shopping yesterday, I have to agree with them today. Looking over at the hills west of us, Cordelia, and east, toward Vacaville, the air was so hazy, it was like being in Sacto or L.A.>>>LOL LOL. S K's war???? I thought it was mine. You have us confused>>LOL Y'all have a great HAZY day.

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  • CD BrooksJanuary 18, 2014 - 1:04 pm

    JazzAzz, sorry dude. You both put up a pretty good argument! ;)

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  • JazzAzzJanuary 18, 2014 - 2:18 pm

    Dang, no burn tomorow too, as though we'd not IGNORE, if cool during the Niner game. If cold' IGNOIRE,IGNORE,IGNORE1111111

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  • JazzAzzJanuary 18, 2014 - 2:25 pm

    Meant, IGNORE,IGNORE, IGNORE !!!!!!!!!!!!!! On this POS 7" tablet KB,

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  • The MisterJanuary 18, 2014 - 6:52 am

    Spare the air, spare the water. Just send Jerry Brown more money.

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