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UPDATE: No Fires Allowed Saturday, Says Air Quality Control Agency

"We're not picking these days for the fun of it or anything, it completely has to do with the science behind air pollution," says spokesman

UPDATE: Friday, Dec. 27, 2013

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is issuing another Winter Spare the Air Alert for Saturday, Dec. 28, which bans the burning of wood, manufactured fire logs or any other solid fuel both indoors and outdoors for 24 hours.

It is the the sixth consecutive such alert this week and the 21st winter alert this year.

UPDATE: Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is issuing another Winter Spare the Air Alert for Friday , Dec. 27, which bans the burning of wood, manufactured fire logs or any other solid fuel both indoors and outdoors for 24 hours.

It is the the fifth consecutive such alert this week and the 20th winter alert this year.

UPDATE: Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is issuing another Winter Spare the Air Alert for Thursday, Dec. 26, which bans the burning of wood, manufactured fire logs or any other solid fuel both indoors and outdoors for 24 hours.

It is the fourth consecutive such alert this week.

UPDATE: Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013

 

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is issuing another Winter Spare the Air Alert for Wednesday, Dec. 25, which bans the burning of wood, manufactured fire logs or any other solid fuel both indoors and outdoors for 24 hours.

It is the third consecutive such alert this week.


PREVIOUSLY:
Put away the chestnuts.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has announced that wood burning will be banned in the region on Christmas Eve -- and possibly on Christmas Day, too.

Here's the KOFY-TV yule log video, in case you still want at least an image of a burning fire.

The weather is forecast to be dry and mild mid-week, with light winds. That has resulted in stagnant air that has allowed pollutants to accumulate close to the ground and made air unhealthy to breathe, Flannigan said.

"We haven't been seeing the rain we usually get that helps clean out the air," he said.

The announcement means Tuesday will be the 17th "Winter Spare the Air" day of the season. The air district will decide that day whether wood burning will also be banned on Christmas. 

If it all sounds Scrooge-like to tell residents they can't gather around the fire during the holidays, air quality officials ask people to keep in mind children, the elderly and those with asthma and other respiratory problems suffer when the air is thick with unhealthy particulate matter.

"We're not picking these days for the fun of it or anything, it completely has to do with the science behind air pollution," he said.

On Winter Spare the Air days, burning wood, manufactured fire logs or any other solid fuel is illegal both indoors and outdoors. Homes that depend on woodstoves or fireplaces as their only source of heat are exempt from the ban.

Those who get in trouble for violating the ban for the first time are given the choice of paying $100 or taking a wood smoke awareness class. Subsequent violations are met with fines of $500 or more.

Bay Area residents are advised to check the region's burn status before lighting a fire on any given day by visiting the air district's website at www.sparetheair.org or calling (877) 4-NO-BURN.






MICHAEL WILSON "TEA PARTY 2014" December 24, 2013 at 02:40 PM
Who cares what they think I will still have a fire.
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau December 24, 2013 at 05:12 PM
Earlier the reason was "Bitter cold air mass and no winds" and now it's "Mild dry weather with light winds". Of course they're not "picking the days for the fun of it", they're picking the days to condition the Bay Area public for long-term banning of all wood fires during winter months.
bluecollardoctor December 25, 2013 at 12:18 AM
We need to figure out a way around this. Where do these "officials" derive their power anyway. This is where the checks and balances of our government come in.
Mike Matthews December 25, 2013 at 09:37 AM
I am all for real science and data to drive which days we can burn and which days we cannot. However, I do question the science behind their science. It appears the sensor used in Napa to sample the air quality is in a location which is likely to measure high levels of particulates in the air (above a BBQ and a bakery establishment) -- which is not a representative air quality sample.
Sadhana Brent December 25, 2013 at 10:13 AM
Please. Some of us need to breath. I would love a fire too, but not if it means I can't walk around the block. Enough people burned last night that I could not take my dog for a walk.
Sherry McGarity December 25, 2013 at 10:23 AM
I find that VERY hard to believe Sadhana. UNLESS you are in BANGKOK!
Sherry McGarity December 25, 2013 at 10:24 AM
There is NO place for DRAMA, just the facts as Mike Matthews is stating. I'd double check those sensor placements.
Sadhana Brent December 25, 2013 at 10:28 AM
I don't live in Bangkok. I live in downtown Napa. Funny thing...I like to be able to breath. I even like that more than a warm fire to watch.
Prickly Pear December 25, 2013 at 11:02 AM
Yes, and the science behind 4 weeks of vineyard cane burns? That's allowed with impunity. Hypocrites.
Jonbie December 25, 2013 at 12:51 PM
There a little pissed from the guy from napa who is outing their science. Well I got a crisp 100 bill for my fine and a big F U to the air commission. Come by West Lincoln for a warm fire and some holiday cheer.
Justin Tiem December 25, 2013 at 01:12 PM
It's all about CONTROL We are losing our freedom more and more everyday, being controlled by Big Brother, Obama, NSA, IRS, and all the other governmental agencies. We have no more privacy. This country wants us all in jail/prison. It was bad enough we let them monitor when and where we can smoke our cigarettes, now you supporters of that law are suffering by not being able to burn firewood. I hear some places are trying to ban Ecigs. Like I said, it's all about control. If we don't comply, we'll all end up imprisoned. Wake up people!
Jonbie December 25, 2013 at 01:48 PM
justin, I never really believed in the control theory. But it does have merits. I want to heat my home with fire. Sell me a smoke scrubber for my fire place and make that mandatory. instead of this nazi progadnada where you never meet your accuser are fined on a whim and the rules can change to fit their need. We need more of an uprising. Sue back, class action, investigate, go to the class and raise hell. Oh and merry Christmas!
bluecollardoctor December 25, 2013 at 02:47 PM
It is a clear goal of the current government to get neighbors to rat on each other, rather than help each other. Let's try not to fall for that trap.
Deborah Hock December 28, 2013 at 07:24 PM
I find it "interesting" for a lack of better terminology, that the BAAQCMD can tell us to not have fires on spare the air days, yet rock crushers, and bulldozers who move copious amounts of cement dust and dirt are allowed to do what they want, when they want.
Janice December 28, 2013 at 10:05 PM
@Justin & Jon, your both right on and it is only going to get worse. I keep trying to inform people but know one wants to listen. Did you notice the article in the paper about PG&E ? About using solar and other types of energy and it costing slightly more? Please peeps google UN Agenda 21 or Plan Bay Area this are concepts by none other than Mark Luce & Bill Dodd. I truly think when people know the scope these folks want to do to our way of life people will revolt. It's coming, big government and a very liberal agenda that I think most people truly will fight against. You better start going to council meetings to see just how much power they have. Then we need to find better people to fill their seats. We need new blood and people who are willing to step up and do what is really right for our City. Sadly it's going on thru every part of our government . God Bless and pray 4 a much better New Year...
Prickly Pear December 31, 2013 at 11:48 AM
Janice - Pray for a Ban on Vineyard Burns!!!!! ;0)

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