30th Spare The Air Alert Called For Today

No wood-burning allowed.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District issued a Spare The Air alert for Saturday, effectively banning wood burning for the day. 

District spokesperson David Libby said the reason for the burn ban is that, "A high pressure system with dry, still conditions has settled in over the region and will cause air pollution to build up to unhealthy levels again on Saturday.”

During the day, it’s illegal to use fireplaces, outdoor fire pits, or any other wood-burning devices.

Jack Broadbent, executive officer of the district, acknowledged that this season has been particularly active for his company.

“This season’s 30th Winter Spare the Air Alert ties the record set in 2006,” Broadbent said. “Air pollution has been a serious problem during this dry, stagnant winter and it’s important that residents refrain from burning wood to protect public health in their neighborhoods, communities and throughout the region,” he added.

Violations of the burn ban come with a $100-$500 ticket.


Tom Davidson January 26, 2014 at 05:34 AM
Today ? Again ? What day is 'today' referring to today ? Yesterday ? Or today ? Am I supposed to click on the link to find out exactly what day "today" is ? Is thd "headline" intentionally vague to generate hits on the website ? I would hope not, and I don't think that's the case. Please tell me I am wrong. Hopefully my family can be warm on Sunday. The article says 'Saturday', but with BAAMQD flipping a coin ( hopefully they are at least pretending to flip a coin ), the agenda makes everything so hazy it's hard to be certain. Yes, "hazy" was an intentional pun...
Amor Ascendente January 27, 2014 at 12:13 AM
Today, and right below it, January 25th.
Tom Davidson January 27, 2014 at 03:48 AM
Thanks ! Spare the air !


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