Solano County

Air district calls record-tying 30th Spare the Air alert

By From page A3 | January 25, 2014

FAIRFIELD — A Winter Spare the Air alert for Saturday is the 30th of the season, tying a record set in 2006-07.

Since the Winter Spare the Air season runs from Nov. 1 through Feb. 28, plenty of time remains to break the record. With more bad air predicted for coming days, that record may come sooner rather than later. Data goes back only to 2006-07, with standards changing from earlier years.

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

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District called the mandatory Winter Spare the Air alert. A high pressure system with still, dry conditions will cause air pollution levels to build to unhealthy levels, an agency press release said.

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, which includes Vacaville, Rio Vista and Dixon. This area is in the Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District.

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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  • The MisterJanuary 25, 2014 - 7:23 am

    Record tyranny inflicted upon the people.

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  • CD BrooksJanuary 25, 2014 - 7:37 am

    That dart board with a JazzAzz likeness has really gotten a workout. It's beginning to look like some sort of vendetta! ;)

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  • JazzAzzJanuary 25, 2014 - 8:12 am

    Like Gomer Pyle would have said, "Surprise, Surprise." How we could have predicted this, gone to Tahoe and bet money on it. Doesn't it seem to occur just as all the poor working stiffs are looking forward to their weekend, days off, kicking back, maybe taking in a movie or game on TV, relaxing by a nice warm comfortable fire. I swear they plan this on purpose, knowing that more fires are probably planned on these looked forward days off. Now I have not been outside yet, but I'd be willing to bet 1/2 dozen donuts, that beyond the morning overcast, mist over the hills near Cordelia, I will see no evidence of pollution, maybe down Fremont, San Jose, San Fran, Oakland, etc. etc. but NOT UP HERE in Solano, where as Michael K. of this publication suggested, maybe LOCAL monitoring is the answer. Now more than likely, it will be a near spring, summer like day anyway, so who would need to burn, but come sundown, when the temps start dropping, you all go ahead and IGNORE IGNORE IGNORE those A__H_LES at the air resources board and hang onto your rights. And if you receive a citation and fine, just take your handy dandy pen and tell them to, "KISS THIS, "on it and tell them where they can SHOVE IT. I've got 5.5 cases of Duraflames and they are all ready to be lit, and WILL BE, when the temps drop. Hey AIR RESOURCES BOARD, KISS THIS!!!!!!!!!!!

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