Wood burning in fireplaces banned again today

BAAQMD issues season's 6th 'Spare Air' day order

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued its sixth Winter Spare the Air alert for today, banning all wood burning throughout the


The air alert was issued due to a cold, stagnant weather pattern that has allowed air pollution to rise to a level that is expected to be unhealthy on Monday.

"Beacause still weather and high pollkution levels have persisted in the region, the Air District is extending this Winter Spare the Air Alert for another day," said Jack Broadbent, the air district's executive officer.

Using fireplaces, woodstoves, pellet stoves, outdoor fire pits or any other wood-burning device is illegal during a Winter Spare the Air alert, except in homes where woodstoves or fireplaces are the only heat source. Violators could face fines of up to $500.

To file a complaint or to find out more about the alert, residents can visit the district's website at or call (877) 4-NO-BURN.

— Bay City News Service


Posted by Paul Aguire, a resident of Birdland
on Dec 9, 2013 at 1:56 pm

I have a question. How are we to know if it is spare the air day before we light up the fireplace when it is cold? I have had a fire going on all day long and just saw this.

Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill
on Dec 9, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Paul Aguire wrote: "I have a question. How are we to know if it is spare the air day before we light up the fireplace when it is cold?"

Go to "".

Posted by Hugh, a resident of Birdland
on Dec 9, 2013 at 7:20 pm


So we have to check with the state before can make a fire? That is nuts. That is crazy!!! My in laws don't even own a computer and the counties around us burn. More nanny atate

Posted by Bob, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Dec 10, 2013 at 8:24 am

Hi Paul and Sam,

Go to this link, you can choose to receive a phone call/text/email for spare the air alerts.

Web Link

Hope this helps.

Posted by Smokeless, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 10, 2013 at 12:06 pm

Wood burning fireplaces should be banned in residential areas. It's okay out in the country or in the mountains, but not okay where there are high concentrations of people. Just say no!

Posted by liberalism is a disease, a resident of Birdland
on Dec 10, 2013 at 6:59 pm

liberalism is a disease is a registered user.

Smokeless, I'm sure you meant for new construction, since most homes have been built with wood burning fireplaces for decades. Of course, this was long before the proliferation of govt intrusion into our daily lives. Apparently, you are in lockstep with this type of govt control, so you are either asthmatic and looking out only for yourself or you are a typical leftist who thinks the govt should dictate every facit of our personal lives. So, which is it?

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