Winter Spare The Air Ordered For Monday

This is the ninth straight day a ban on wood burning has been declared

By David Mills/Patch

No, you can't use that fireplace. Not yet.

Another Winter Spare the Air alert has been issued, this one for Monday.

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

It will be a record ninth day in a row that an alert has been in effect.

The Monday 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 13th Spare the Air alert ordered this winter.


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