Winter Spare the Air Season Begins November 1st
The Winter Spare the Air Season Begins November 1st
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is announcing the beginning of the Winter Spare the Air season on November 1. It is illegal to burn wood, manufactured firelogs or any other solid fuel, both indoors and outdoors, when a Winter Spare the Air Alert is called.
The Air District calls Winter Spare the Air Alerts when weather conditions trap pollution close to the ground and air quality is forecast to be unhealthy. The Winter Spare the Air season runs from November 1, 2014, through February 28, 2015.
Sign Up for Winter Spare the Air Alert Notifications
Residents and businesses can call 1-877-4NO-BURN (1-877-466-2876) to check the Winter Spare the Air Alert status and to report wood smoke concerns in their area.
Sign up to receive automatic phone alerts by calling 1-800-430-1515 or visiting EnviroFlash AirAlerts to receive e-mail notification when Winter Spare the Air Alerts are issued. Once you sign up, you will remain on the roster for subsequent Winter Spare the Air seasons.
More about the Winter Spare the Air Program
The Winter Spare the Air program notifies Bay Area residents when fine particulate, or soot, levels are anticipated to be unhealthy. In the wintertime, particulate matter — especially particulate matter 2.5 microns or smaller in size, also known as PM2.5 — can become a serious problem in the region. To protect public health, the Air District will issue a Winter Spare the Air Alert when PM2.5 concentrations are expected to be unhealthy.
When wood burning is allowed, residents who do burn in a fireplace or outdoor fire pit must still burn cleanly using dry, seasoned firewood, and not burn garbage, leaves or other material that would cause excessive smoke. Residents who exceed the excess visible smoke provision in the wood-burning rule could still be subject to a ticket. Follow these links for more information on the Air District's wood-burning regulation, and instructions on how to comply. You can also file a wood smoke complaint online.