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.