COMPLAINTS ABOUT illegal wood burning were up this year during the winter Spare the Air season. That means more people have become aware of the hazardous health impacts of wood smoke. Warning letters and $400 fines were up as well, which means the air district has strengthened enforcement.
Although the ban on burning on Spare the Air days is over, the ban on fires that create excessive smoke continues year round, and violators can be cited. That’s because the health impacts of wood smoke don’t end on Feb. 28.
Wood smoke, like tobacco smoke, is not just hazardous to children, the elderly and people with asthma and heart problems. It is unhealthful for everyone, every day of the year.
Board member, Families for Clean Air Mill Valley