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7th Straight 'Winter Spare the Air' Alert Issued for Sunday



    Sunny & Mild Saturday

    The area of low clouds that moved through on Friday will continue to push out of the region, allowing for sunshine to filter through for the weekend. Although, air quality will remain unhealthy this weekend, therefore, another Spare the Air alert is in effect for today. Meteorologist Anthony Slaughter has your forecast. (Published Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013)

    For the seventh time this week and the 22nd time this winter, Bay Area residents will be banned from burning wood on Sunday.

    The Bay Area Air Quality Management District issued the "Winter Spare the Air" alert for Sunday - prohibiting residents both indoor and outdoor burning of wood, logs or other solid fuels. Homes where wood burning is the only heat source are exempt from the ban.

    Also, state fire officials issued a red flag warning this afternoon, meaning fire danger is high.

    The ongoing ban is prompted by a prolonged dry weather pattern that is "allowing air pollution to reach unhealthy levels" throughout the Bay Area, air district executive officer Jack Broadbent said.

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    Bay Area residents are being asked to watch the air quality again on Friday as a series of "Winter Spare the Air" alerts issued by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District continues. Sam Brock reports.
    (Published Friday, Dec. 27, 2013)

    "Wood burning in these conditions elevates the levels of particulate pollution in our neighborhoods and communities, making it unhealthy for everyone to breathe," he said.

    Wood smoke is the Bay Area's main source of winter air pollution and can be especially harmful to children, the elderly and those with respiratory conditions, according to air district officials.

    First-time violators must pay a $100 fine or take a wood smoke awareness class. Additional violations are subject to a fine of $500 or more.

    Bay Area residents may check the daily burn status by calling (877) 4-NO-BURN or by visiting the district's website at www.sparetheair.org.