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.