It's 'Spare the Air' day for the Superbowl

Agency asks (but doesn't demand) for no wood burning today

Bay Area residents are being asked not to burn wood today by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

District officials said that due to stagnant weather patterns predicted over the next several days, pollution from wood smoke could become

trapped near the ground, causing unhealthy breathing conditions.

The agency stopped short of declaring a Spare the Air day, which would make wood burning illegal. Instead, the air district is asking residents to voluntarily refrain from wood burning.

But pollution from wood burning is rising, and if it continues to rise, then a Spare the Air day will be called, district officials said.

Wood smoke has been linked to serious respiratory illnesses and increased risk of heart attacks, and may cause difficulty breathing, particularly for those with pre-existing lung conditions, district officials said.

The air district is asking residents to always check whether wood burning is permitted during the winter Spare the Air season, which lasts

until Feb. 29.

The current Spare the Air status can be found online, either at or

— Bay City News Service


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Posted by David Cannon
a resident of Birdland
on Feb 5, 2012 at 9:38 am

David Cannon is a registered user.

I just checked There is no ban today (superbowl sunday).

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Posted by Steve
a resident of Parkside
on Feb 5, 2012 at 11:09 am

Fire up the BBQ. It's a spare the onerous regulations day! Go Pats!

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Posted by Truth
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 5, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Fire pit, BBQ, Tiki torches all burning.....what else can I burn?

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Posted by Kangaroo
a resident of another community
on Feb 5, 2012 at 1:18 pm

I'm glad to see there are people out there that still have common sense
and haven't fallen for theo wrap lie. Look up agenda 21 and see what
The rest of the plan is. Enjoy while you can.

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Posted by Kangaroo
a resident of another community
on Feb 5, 2012 at 1:21 pm

I hate typos. That was" fallen for the liberals lie".

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