fireplace.jpgThe Bay Area Air Quality Management District has ended winter “Spare the Air” alerts for the season.

The district’s ban on burning wood during winter alert days was lifted Sunday.

Air district officials, however, cautioned Bay Area residents that some burning restrictions still apply throughout the year, such as burning garbage or causing excessive visible smoke. Such activity could result in a fine.

More information on off-season burning rules can be found at

The summer “Spare the Air” alert season opens in May. Summer alerts, which encourage Bay Area residents to cut down on pollution by taking public transit or carpooling, are issued when unhealthy ozone levels are forecast.

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