Spare the Air alert issued for Christmas

2013-12-24T13:20:00Z Spare the Air alert issued for ChristmasBay City News Service Napa Valley Register
December 24, 2013 1:20 pm  • 

You will not be allowed to light a fire in your fireplace on Christmas Day.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District announced that Wednesday will be a winter Spare the Air day, meaning it is illegal to burn wood, manufactured fire logs or any other solid fuel indoors or outdoors. The only exception is in homes where a woodstove is the only source of heat.

This is the third straight Spare the Air alert and the 18th since Nov. 1.

There has been no recent rain, winds are light and the midweek forecast calls for dry, mild weather, which means pollutants that have built up close to the ground will remain stagnant and the air will be unhealthy to breathe, district officials said.

Children, the elderly and those with respiratory conditions are particularly vulnerable to health problems on such days. Spare the Air days are meant to help them breathe easier by keeping the air as clean as possible.

First-time violators of the ban will be fined $100, with the option of taking a wood-smoke awareness class instead of paying the penalty. Subsequent violations mean a fine of $500 or more.

Residents can check the daily burn status by visiting the air district's website SpareTheAir.org or calling 877-4-NO-BURN.

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(9) Comments

  1. rocketman
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    rocketman - December 24, 2013 3:01 pm
    BAH HUMBUG!!!

    From your friends at The Bay Area Air Quality Management District.........
  2. logicalnapkin
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    logicalnapkin - December 24, 2013 4:13 pm
    Oh please! Can vote Christmas Day be added as an exemption? This is getting very very ridiculous.
  3. robosan
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    robosan - December 24, 2013 4:35 pm
    I wonder if the big fireworks show at Candlestick last night qualifies as pollution and contributed to this?...
  4. FireEater
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    FireEater - December 24, 2013 4:55 pm
    It's not a fire, I'm roasting my weiners and marshmellows. I like 'em a little charcoaly. Mind your own business!
  5. NapaYee
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    NapaYee - December 24, 2013 5:03 pm
    Your lucky I don't have a fireplace
  6. PACO
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    PACO - December 24, 2013 9:37 pm
    Even if you don't burn a fireplace I love how it's illegal to BBQ dinner Christmas Eve and Dinner.
    Thanks Air Resource Board!!!!!
  7. napasnotright
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    napasnotright - December 25, 2013 8:03 am
    Who would listen to this anyway? I burn in both of my fireplaces whenever i want. This is america we are free no one controls period. If the police show up cause of it i just wont answer the door they cant come in theres a little thing called the fourth amendment and a fire during spare the air wont be enough for them to come in easy as that.
  8. Mashed Potatoes
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    Mashed Potatoes - December 25, 2013 12:38 pm
    To Napasnot - This is "america", why don't you do something positive to disband the air board instead of hiding. We would still be a British colony if people like you were around in 1776.
  9. napasnotright
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    napasnotright - December 25, 2013 3:43 pm
    What you do is peanuts compared to what i do to stand up for my rights im sure. Funny how you dont know me but make these assumptions.
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