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'Spare the Air' in effect again today

Air quality in the Bay Area is forecast to be unhealthy again Wednesday so another "Winter Spare the Air Alert" will continue tomorrow.

It will be illegal for Bay Area residents to burn wood or other solid fuels in fireplaces, wood stoves and inserts, pellet stoves, outdoor fire-pits, or other wood-burning devices both indoors and outdoors for the full 24 hours.

This wood-burning ban will be in effect for Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, southern Sonoma and southwestern Solano Counties.

Winter air pollution is mainly caused by particulates or soot pollution from wood smoke. Smoke from wood-burning fires is linked to illnesses such as asthma, bronchitis and lung disease, and is especially harmful for children and the elderly.

For more information about the Wood Burning Rule, or to check before you burn, visit www.sparetheair.org or call 1-877-4NO-BURN.

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Posted by Mary
a resident of Amador Estates
on Dec 18, 2013 at 3:13 pm

When is this takes effect? tonight? What is the ending date? What to do or where to call if someone illegally using their fireplaces to burn ALMOND WOOD?


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Posted by Woody
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Dec 18, 2013 at 4:35 pm

I think it's ok to burn almond wood. It's the other woods they don't want you to burn, like Ron Wood, Tiger Woods, James Woods.

Seriously you can tell it is almond smoke, not apricot or a fruit wood from Brentwood? Speaking of which, can you burn wood in Brentwood since it's named after a wood one would hope so.

Spare the air and die of pneumonia?


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