A Bay Area wood-burning ban that continued into the New Year will remain in effect on Thursday, officials from the Bay Area Air Quality
Management District said today.
Thursday will be the region's third consecutive "Winter Spare the
Air" day this week, prompted by an ongoing cold, dry weather conditions that
trap harmful air pollutants close to the ground, according to the air
"Wood smoke continues to be a serious health concern in the Bay
Area as this stagnant weather pattern continues," said Jack Broadbent, the
air district's executive officer.
"Once again we are asking for the public's continued cooperation
to reduce harmful wood smoke pollution to protect the health of all Bay Area
residents," he said.
Indoor and outdoor wood burning of all kinds is prohibited during
Winter Spare the Air days, including in fireplaces and wood-burning stoves.
Only homes where wood burning is the only heat source are exempt from the
Bay Area residents can find out the daily burn status at
www.baaqmd.gov or www.sparetheair.org, by calling (877) 4-NO-BURN or by
signing up for Spare the Air iPhone or Android apps.