Forget The Fire: Friday’s Another Spare The Air Day

A Winter Spare the Air alert has been issued for Friday by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, banning wood burning in the region.

A cool, still weather pattern forecast for Friday prompted the air district to issue the alert, which will make it illegal for Bay Area residents to burn wood, manufactured fire logs or other solid fuel either indoors or outdoors.

Homes without permanently installed heating are exempt from the ban, according to the air district.

The Winter Spare the Air alert is the third this week, with ones previously issued for Monday and Tuesday. The air district recommended that Bay Area residents not burn wood today but did not issue a ban.

Wood smoke contains fine particles and carcinogens and is the largest source of air pollution in the Bay Area during the winter, according to the air district.

First-time violators of the wood burning ban have the option of taking a wood smoke awareness class or paying a $100 ticket. Subsequent violations will result in higher fines.

The daily burn status can be found by visiting, or by calling (877) 4-NO-BURN.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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  • ChalupaBatman2

    Wanted to have a nice fire and wine with the wife on Thanksgiving weekend, but nope. Gotta spare the air… F**k this state…

    • MZ

      Yes, the ability for your neighbors to breathe clean air is more important than your fire and wine time, especially given the handful of Winter Spare the Air days we have a year. And you can always use gas or liquid fuel fireplaces anytime you please, as they don’t produce much in the way of particulates.

      • ChalupaBatman2

        I knew that one of you hippies would respond. Even if I and every other person in the neighborhood burned a fire, you’d be able to breathe just fine. Man, you guys are such weak pansies. I know what you guys did. You knew people would be at home on vacation, with the thought of starting a nice fire, and you guys used spare the air to prevent it because everyone knows how burning anything just encroaches on your idealogy. There was nothing wrong with the air. It is all about imposing your will on others. I know how you sneaky little ***s think.