It may not affect that
many people because of our warm temperatures, but a Winter Spare the Air alert has
been issued for Saturday, Jan. 25.
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District made the announcement at midday Friday, Jan. 24, saying a high pressure system is trapping pollutants and causing air pollution to rise to unhealthy levels.
It's the 30th air quality alert in the Bay Area so far this winter season. That ties a record set in 2006 with more than a month left in the season.
Only 10 alerts were issued during the entire winter season last year.
The Saturday alert prohibits Bay Area residents from burning wood, manufactured fire logs or any other solid fuel both indoors and outdoors for 24 hours.
First-time violators of the ban are given the option of taking a wood smoke awareness class or paying a $100 fine. Second violations result in a $500 fine and the penalties rise with each violation after that.