FAIRFIELD – The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has called a third straight Winter Spare the Air Alert for Thursday. It marks the 25th one for the season, which runs from Nov. 1 through Feb. 28.
The alert makes it illegal for Bay Area residents and businesses to use their fireplaces, woodstoves, pellet stoves, outdoor fire pits or any other wood-burning devices for 24 hours.
Homes without permanently installed heating, where woodstoves or fireplaces are the only source of heat, are exempt.
“Wood smoke continues to be a serious health concern in the Bay Area as this stagnant weather pattern continues,” said Jack Broadbent, executive officer of the Air District, in a press release. “Once again we are asking for the public’s continued cooperation to reduce harmful wood smoke pollution to protect the health of all Bay Area residents.”
Violators face fines starting at $100.
For more information, visit www.sparetheair.org.
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