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, in the region. The stated goal is to protect air quality and people’s health. The alert marks the eighth of the winter.
A stubborn high pressure system across the West Coast has kept wood smoke close to the ground. After a week, that system is weakening and moving east, an agency press release said. However, particulate levels increased Tuesday and threatened to reach unhealthy levels Wednesday, it said.
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.
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