Despite the warm weather expected for much of the week, the four-month Winter Spare the Air season has started, making it illegal to burn wood on days when an alert is called. Bay Area Air Quality Management District representatives said winter Spare the Air alerts are issued when dry, stagnant weather conditions trap pollution close to the ground and air district officials deem it unhealthy. During the last winter season ending in February, the air district issued a record 15 alerts. Starting this season, first-time violators will be encouraged to take a wood smoke awareness course to learn about the health impacts of the pollution. Those who choose not to take the course will face a $100 ticket.
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