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Yep, Saturday is a Spare the Air Day, Too

It's the seventh in a row.

By Bay City News

A wood-burning ban in the Bay Area has extended to a full week after a seventh-straight "Winter Spare the Air" alert was issued for Saturday.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District issued the alert - its 11th since the district's Winter Spare the Air season began Nov. 1 -- because of an ongoing cold weather pattern that is trapping pollution close to the ground.

On Winter Spare the Air days, wood burning is banned both indoors and outdoors, with exemptions for homes where wood burning is the sole heat source, according to the air district.

Wood smoke is the major source of air pollution in the Bay Area during the winter and is especially harmful to children, the elderly and those with respiratory conditions, district officials said.

First-time violators of the ban can take a wood smoke awareness class or pay a $100 ticket. Subsequent violations will result in increasing fines.

The daily burn status in the Bay Area can be found online at www.baaqmd.gov or www.sparetheair.org, by calling (877) 4-NO-BURN or by signing up for Spare the Air iPhone or Android apps.

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Theinfamous Msc December 14, 2013 at 12:49 PM
Im sorry, I am a big supporter of the environment but this is just bullshit. For those of us with no heating and can't afford space heaters we are basically left to freeze in our houses or face a fine for trying to stay warm. This has been one of the coldest winters in Petaluma and my family has has to just "deal with it" being 40 degrees and under at night in our own home. Winter is not the time to tell people that they cannot even have a fire to stay warm.
Goofpod December 14, 2013 at 01:55 PM
Petaluma is a bowl of poison soup every winter. It's inexcusable that we are subjected to such toxic air repeatedly when this nation has an over abundance of natural gas. Burning wood in the open country is one thing- burning it in populated cities is dangerously stupid. Spare-the-air days mean nothing to our neighbors who consistently ignore the decrees. Our children are subjected to some of the worst air pollution on the planet every winter for a few bucks in PG&E savings. My wife immigrated from Russia, and when she experienced the Petaluna Valley wood smoke for the first time she exclaimed, "How primitive, backward and foolish Americans are!" The proof is in the... air.

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