FAIRFIELD — Wednesday 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. The stated goal is to protect air quality during a time when weather conditions could trap wood smoke near the ground.
“Wood smoke is expected to build up to unhealthy levels in the Bay Area due to weather conditions that trap smoke near the ground,” agency Executive Officer Jack Broadbent said in a press release. “It’s essential that Bay Area residents refrain from burning wood during this alert so we all have cleaner air to breathe.”
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. However, that air district is asking residents within its boundaries to voluntarily refrain from burning wood Wednesday.
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