FAIRFIELD — A Bay Area burn ban will be in place Friday for the fourth consecutive day as a ridge of high pressure continues to keep wood smoke close to the ground.
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has called a mandatory Winter Spare the Air alert. 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.
Residents in southern Solano County – including Fairfield, Suisun City, Vallejo and Benicia – who burn wood in a fireplace face getting a fine. Residents in northern Solano County – including Vacaville, Rio Vista and Dixon – are in a different air district and are not subject to the mandatory burn bans.
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.
Winter Spare the Air season for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District runs from Nov. 1 until Feb. 28. The district has called 26 alerts this season. That is the most since 2006-07, when it called 30 alerts.
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