Spare the Air alert issued for Bay Area today

Ban includes manufactured fire logs, pellets other solid fuel that is burned either indoors or outdoors

The Bay Area's air quality officials have issued another "spare the air" wood-burning ban for today.

The ban is also for manufactured fire logs, pellets or any other solid fuel that is burned either indoors or outdoors, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

The region's cold, calm weather traps smoke near the ground and results in the air alerts.

"In the winter, wood smoke from the 1.4 million fireplaces and wood stoves in the Bay Area is the single largest source of air pollution, contributing about one-third of the harmful fine particulate pollution in the air," the air district said in a statement.

People whose only source of heat is a woodstove or fireplace are able to apply for exemptions to the winter spare the air bans.

More information is available at

Kiley Russell, Bay City News

— Bay City News Service


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