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Another Winter Spare The Air Alert Ordered For Tuesday

It's the third straight day a ban on wood burning has been announced

By David Mills/Patch

Keep the wood in the wood shed.

Another Winter Spare the Air alert has been issued for Tuesday.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District made the announcement on Monday afternoon, saying the prolonged cold weather is trapping pollutants close the ground and causing unhealthy air.

It will be the third day in a row that an alert has been in effect.

The Tuesday alert prohibits Bay Area residents from burning wood, manufactured fire logs or any other solid fuel both indoors and outdoors for 24 hours.

First-time violators of the ban are given the option of taking a wood smoke awareness class or paying a $100 fine. Second violations result in a $500 fine and the penalties rise with each violation after that.

It's the seventh Spare the Air alert ordered this winter.
Edward December 10, 2013 at 02:11 PM
People since the Oil Embargo of 1973, residents of the Bay Area have been installing wood stoves and pellet stove to hedge against the Utility's high swings in Gas and Electric prices. Now on the coldest days, we get Spare the Air "NO BURN" days that say we are not allowed to burn SOLID FUELS. But what about LIQUID FUELS like Gasoline, Kerosene, Vegetable Oils, Paraffin fuels etc? Right now we are forced to buy PG&E at any price they choose. There is a lower bulk rate the residential consumers do not get. What if on the Spare the Air days, with all the new smart meters that can track usage hourly, when a "Spare the Air" day is called, all natural gas and Electricity is charged at the lower bulk Rate? The incentive for burning wood, which is economic, would make Natural Gas the most economical fuels to use. I went to sears on Monday and people were lined up buying electric heaters hoping to stay warm at night. their furnaces use too much fuel to heat the whole house when they can not use their wood stoves and wanted to bundle up in one room until the cold weather was over. We are becoming a Third world country because we limit what we can use because of economics.

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