The second season of the Bay Area’s crackdown on wood burning ends Sunday. There were seven "Spare the Air" alertss issued during the season, which began Nov. 1. Last year in Marin, 391 complaints were lodged about wood smoke on days when burning in fireplaces was banned, the most of any Bay Area county. Officials said figures for this season will be tabulated next week.
In 2008 the Bay Area Air Quality Management District launched a zero-tolerance policy for wood smoke on "Spare the Air" days, when weather conditions make it likely that smoke will hang in the air and cause particulate pollution, making it hard for some people to breathe.
-IJ staff report