It’s the law…
… The 2012/2013 Winter Spare the Air season runs from November 1 through February 28 in the San Francisco Bay Area — including the North Bay (Napa County.)
Each day by 2 p.m., the Air District will issue an air quality forecast for the next day. If air quality is forecast to be unhealthy, a Winter Spare the Air Alert will be called. The alert will be in effect the entire next day, for a full 24 hours.
When a Winter Spare the Air Alert is in effect, it is illegal to burn wood, manufactured fire logs, pellets, or any other solid fuels in your fireplace, woodstove, or outdoor fire pit.
During the winter season, wood smoke is the largest source of harmful particulate pollution, or soot. These microscopic particles are so small that several thousand could fit on the period at the end of this sentence.
On this website, residents can find information about the health effects of wood smoke, as well as detailed information about the Wood Burning Rule and how to comply with it. Here are answers to some Frequently Asked Questions about the Winter Spare the Air program.
You can also file a wood smoke complaint online.
Check Before You Burn
To find out if a Winter Spare the Air Alert is in effect, residents and business owners can do the following:
Spare the Air Every Day
Help reduce pollution and prevent Spare the Air Alerts! Rethink your commute and leave your car at home twice a week. Here are some great ways to Spare the Air:
Walk or Ride Your Bike: Save money and improve your health, too! Use the Spare the Air app’s Bike Route Planner or the 511 Bike Mapper to plan your trip.
Take the Bus, Ferry or Train: Save gas and money – and reduce stress! Find the fastest route on 511 Trip Planner.
Skip a Trip or Link Errands: By combining or eliminating trips, you reduce pollution in addition to saving gas and time.
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