Spare the Air restrictions continue Thursday

A Bay Area wood-burning ban that continued into New Year's Day will remain in effect on Thursday, officials from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District said today.

Thursday will be the region's third consecutive "Winter Spare the Air" day this week, prompted by ongoing cold, dry-weather conditions that trap harmful air pollutants close to the ground, according to the air district.

"Wood smoke continues to be a serious health concern in the Bay Area as this stagnant weather pattern continues," said Jack Broadbent, the air district's executive officer.

"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," he said.

Indoor and outdoor wood burning of all kinds is prohibited during Winter Spare the Air days, including in fireplaces and wood-burning stoves. Only homes where wood burning is the only heat source are exempt from the ban.

Bay Area residents can find out the daily burn status at, by calling (877) 4-NO-BURN or by signing up for Spare the Air iPhone or Android apps.


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Posted by no rain no fire
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jan 2, 2014 at 6:29 pm

Common sense says don't add to the pollution until there is some rain to wash it away. Thank you.

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Posted by Duke
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jan 2, 2014 at 6:39 pm

If we have not burned wood in our fireplaces for 25 and counting days where does this supposed woodfire pollution come from????
Obviously not from the cold fireplaces!!!
Why don't the Spare the Air people that are completely brainwashed by false information figure out what is really causing the problem?
If there really even is one.

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Posted by Young Punk
a resident of Bailey Park
on Jan 3, 2014 at 7:42 am

I just laugh because it'll probably be another 15 years before I even sniff living in a residence with a fireplace.

This is California, not Connecticut.

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Posted by AC
a resident of North Whisman
on Jan 3, 2014 at 3:34 pm

Years ago a tax to improve the air quality was voted on and passed. Everyone wants clean air. The idea was good but implementation like MTBE failed, so it off to pick on things like your fire place. The major pollution however is too many cars on the road. Logically there has been little wood fires yet we see the highest pollution levels in years. But one more fire would still add to our mess. Lets all hope it rains soon. New house construction has a ban on wood fires, only gas. BTW the typical 60W and 40W bulbs are also banned like the 75 and 100W they are electric energy waste and contribute to more pollution. Now are we banning e cigarettes?

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Posted by A Friend
a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on Jan 3, 2014 at 11:04 pm

It's amazing how pollution has become a dirty word in the United States. Instead of the embarrassment it would cause in other, cleaner and more responsible countries, here it's become a source of selfish contention: "I don't care if my wood smoke is the carbon monoxide that's blowing in your windows and vents and making you deathly ill: a man's home is his castle and I'll use my fireplace as much as I want to." The next time you get in an elevator, why don't you smoke a whole pack of cigarettes at once and be done with it?

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