2010 Jan. 10: CA Bay Area: Third consecutive Winter Spare the Air Alert in effect
Sunday, January 10
Use of wood-burning devices is prohibited
SAN FRANCISCO –
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is issuing the
Winter Spare the Air Alert of the season for Sunday, January 10, which bans
burning wood, manufactured firelogs or any other solid fuel, both indoors and outdoors.
“Due to weather conditions, air quality will remain unhealthy on Sunday, making it hard
for people to breathe," said Jack Broadbent, the Air District’s executive officer. “Wood
smoke pollution presents serious public health risks and it is essential that Bay Area
residents not burn wood until the alert is lifted."
Wood smoke is a major source of wintertime air pollution in the Bay Area and contains
harmful pollutants such as particulate matter and carbon monoxide, as well as toxins
such as dioxin, which is linked to increased cancer rates in adults. In the winter, wood
smoke from the 1.4 million fireplaces and wood stoves in the Bay Area contributes
about one-third of the harmful particulate pollution in the air.
Air quality in the Bay Area is forecast to be unhealthy due to weather conditions that will
trap the smoke in the air. During this Winter Spare the Air Alert, it is illegal for Bay Area
residents and businesses to use their fireplaces, woodstoves and inserts, pellet stoves,
outdoor fire pits, or any other wood-burning devices.
The public must check before they burn during the Winter Spare the Air season which
runs from November 1 through February 28. The daily burn status can be found:
Via the toll-free hotline 1-877-4-NO-BURN (complaints can also be filed
via the hotline)
By signing up for AirAlerts at http://www.sparetheair.org or by signing up for
phone alerts at 1-800-430-1515.
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (
http://www.baaqmd.gov) is the regionalagency chartered with protecting air quality in the Bay Area.