Spare the Air day today, tomorrow

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has declared Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 23 and 24, "Winter Spare the Air Days," with the air quality in the Bay Area forecast to be unhealthy.

It is illegal for Bay Area residents to burn wood or other solid fuels in fireplaces, wood stoves and inserts, pellet stoves, outdoor fire-pits, or other wood-burning devices on Spare the Air days. Homes without permanently installed heating are exempt from the wood-burning ban.

Research shows that smoke from wood-burning fires is linked to illnesses such as asthma, bronchitis and lung disease, and is especially harmful for children and the elderly.

For more information about the wood-burning rule, or to check before you burn, click here or call 1-877-4NO-BURN.

You can also call 1-800-430-1515 and register to receive automatic phone calls when a Winter Spare the Air alert has been called.

To see the current air quality forecast, go to


Posted by disappointed , a resident of Cuesta Park
on Dec 23, 2013 at 3:04 pm

what Xmas without a chimney :-(

Posted by Hmm, a resident of Jackson Park
on Dec 23, 2013 at 3:18 pm

They do this on purpose, on every Christmas since this stupidity started, no matter what the weather is like.

Posted by mags, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Dec 23, 2013 at 4:23 pm

What?!!! It's a tradition for our family to watch a Christmas movie with a roaring fire burning. Really how can the weather be bad, when it's supposed to be a warm and clear day. UGH!!

Posted by no rain no fire, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Dec 23, 2013 at 4:53 pm

Use common sense. Don't pollute on sunny days. If you must light up, only do it when it is raining. The pollution is so thick right now, we can see and smell it.

Posted by Andrew, a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on Dec 23, 2013 at 5:31 pm

As an asthmatic who is currently really struggling with bronchitis, I an assure you that this is not a "stupidity." Please do not put unnecessary smoke into the air.

Posted by Fred, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Dec 23, 2013 at 6:54 pm

So glad of this warning. Some neighbors burn wood in their fireplaces and the rest of us have to deal with the smell and pollution.

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