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Winter Spare the Air Season Begins Today

During the winter Spare the Air season, burning wood is not permitted. (Google Street View)

During the winter Spare the Air season, burning wood is not permitted. (Google Street View)

The winter Spare the Air season, as declared by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, begins today and runs through the end of February. Burning wood is not allowed.

During the season —during a spare the air alert— it is illegal to burn wood, manufactured firelogs or any other solid fuel, both indoors and outdoors.

Further, the district has toughened regulations around exemptions for burning solid fuel when its the sole source of heat.

Specifically, starting November 1st, next year, the exemption will permitted only if the sole source of heat is an EPA-certified device and is registered with the Air District.

The broken heater exemption is now only for 30 days versus the entire winter season.

“Air pollution from wood smoke is one of the greatest health threats to Bay Area residents during the winter months,” said Jack Broadbent, executive officer of the Air Di
strict. “The strengthening of this successful rule underscores our commitment to reducing the health impacts from this local and regional air pollutant.”

The Bay area is likely to see more Spare the Air alerts this winter, as the district plans to call alerts up to three days in advance, depending on weather conditions.

2 comments to Winter Spare the Air Season Begins Today

  • This article in Action Alameda News contains an egregious omission of fact: Specifically, the prohibition against burning wood applies ONLY when a Spare the Air Alert has been issued. Rules for Spare the Air Alerts can be confirmed by checking the Air District website at the following link: http://www.baaqmd.gov/about-air-quality/spare-the-air

  • Thanks for the correction. Unsure how I missed that from the press release:

    Winter Spare the Air season begins November 1
    SAN FRANCISCO – The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is announcing the beginning of
    the Winter Spare the Air season on Sunday, November 1.

    During a Winter Spare the Air Alert,

    it is illegal to burn wood, manufactured firelogs or any
    other solid fuel, both indoors and outdoors, during
    the Winter Spare the Air season from November 1 – February 29.

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