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Spare the Air Alert for Wednesday

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is banning burning wood on Wednesday.

From the Bay Area Air Quality Management District

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is issuing the season’s second Winter Spare the Air Alert for Wednesday, which bans burning wood, manufactured fire logs or anyother solid fuel, both indoors and outdoors for 24 hours.

“Weather conditions are expected to trap wood smoke near the ground, creating unhealthy air quality in the Bay Area,” said Jack Broadbent, executive officer of the Air District. “Wood smoke, like cigarette smoke, isunhealthy for everyone so it is important that Bay Area residents not burn wood during a Winter Spare the Air Alert.”

It is illegal for Bay Area residents and businesses to use their fireplaces, woodstoves and inserts, pelletstoves, outdoor fire pits, or any other wood-burning devices during a Winter Spare the Air Alert. Homes without permanently installed heating, where woodstoves or fireplaces are the only source of heat, are exempt.

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