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Air district issues 3rd straight 'Spare the Air' alert for today

No wood-burning ban in place or free public transportation offered

The Bay Area's intense heat wave prompted regional air quality officials today to issue another Spare the Air smog alert for Tuesday.

It's the third consecutive day of smog alerts from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

"This latest heat wave is converting car exhaust from our crowded highways into unhealthy smog," air district executive officer Jack Broadbent said in a statement. "Unless we reduce the number of cars on roads we will continue to experience unhealthy air when temperatures rise."

People are encouraged to carpool, bike, walk or take public transportation to work and school instead of driving alone. Also, people should exercise outdoors only during the early morning hours when smog concentrations are lowest.

There is no wood-burning ban in place and no free public transportation trips are being offered.

This is the 25th time this season that the air district has issued a Spare the Air alert tying a record set in 1996, according to air district

officials.

Kiley Russell, Bay City News

— Bay City News Service

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