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No Wood Burning in San Anselmo, Fairfax

Postby Wilberforce » Tue Nov 25, 2014 5:01 pm

No Wood Burning in San Anselmo, Fairfax Allowed for 24 Hours: Winter 'Spare the Air' Issued
It is illegal for Bay Area residents and businesses to use any wood-burning devices during a Winter Spare the Air Alert.
By Renee Schiavone (Patch Staff) Updated November 24, 2014 at 2:35 pm

The following is a news release from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District:

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is issuing the season’s second Winter Spare the Air Alert for Tuesday, November 25, which bans burning wood, manufactured fire logs or any other solid fuel, both indoors and outdoors for 24 hours.

Light winds and cool, stagnant weather are forecast for most of the week and are expected to cause air pollution to build up to unhealthy levels.

“Wood smoke is a serious public health problem for residents of the Bay Area,” said Jack Broadbent, executive officer of the Air District. “One fireplace burning in a neighborhood is like one person smoking on an airplane – everyone is impacted.”

It is illegal for Bay Area residents and businesses to use their fireplaces, woodstoves, pellet stoves, outdoor fire pits or any other wood-burning devices during a Winter Spare the Air Alert. Homes without permanently installed heating, where woodstoves or fireplaces are the only source of heat, are exempt.

Like cigarette smoke, wood smoke contains fine particles and carcinogenic substances that make the air harmful to breathe inside and outside the home. Wood smoke is the major source of air pollution in the Bay Area in the wintertime and is especially harmful to children, the elderly, and people with respiratory conditions.

First-time violators will be given the option of taking a wood smoke awareness class, online or by mail, to learn about the hazards of wood smoke pollution in lieu of paying a $100 ticket. Second violations will result in a $500 ticket, and subsequent ticket amounts will be higher.

The public must check before they burn during the Winter Spare the Air season, which runs from November 1 through February 28. The daily burn status can be found:

On the Air District Web sites: www.baaqmd.gov or www.sparetheair.org
Via the toll-free hotline 1-877-4-NO-BURN (complaints can also be filed via the hotline)
By signing up for AirAlerts at www.sparetheair.org or phone alerts at 1-800-430-1515
Via the Spare the Air iPhone and Android Apps

In the winter, wood smoke from the 1.4 million fireplaces and wood stoves in the Bay Area is the single largest source of air pollution, contributing about one-third of the harmful fine particulate pollution in the air. One fireplace burning can pollute an entire neighborhood. Exposure to wood smoke—like cigarette smoke—has been linked to serious respiratory illnesses and even increased risk of heart attacks. Breathing fine particulate accounts for more than 90 percent of premature deaths related to air pollution.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District ( www.baaqmd.gov) is the regional agency responsible for protecting air quality in the nine-county Bay Area.

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http://patch.com/california/sananselmof ... air-issued

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Wood burning ban in effect Tuesday and possibly Thanksgiving Day

By Denis Cuff

Contra Costa Times
Posted: 11/25/2014 07:12:55 AM PST5 Comments | Updated: about 11 hours ago

Wood fires will be banned in the Bay Area Tuesday, and could be prohibited on Thanksgiving Day too as weather conditions create poor air quality this week.

Bay Area air pollution regulators called a Spare the Air alert for Tuesday, and said it's looking likely that the alert may be extended through Wednesday and Thursday, putting a crimp into cozy holiday gatherings around the hearth.

A high pressure ridge that has settled over Bay Area is causing stagnant air that traps smoke near the ground.

"Unfortunately, these conditions are common at this time of year," said Kristine Roselius, a spokeswoman for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. "It is warm in the day and cold at night, but unfortunately we get this stagnant air."

Many people like to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas with wood fires, but those holidays are not exempt from the burn ban. First time violators are fined $100.

During Spare the Air alerts, the air district issues a 24-hour-long ban on wood burning in fireplaces stoves, pellet stoves, outdoor fire pits or other wood-burning devices.

Many scientific studies have linked high concentrations of particle pollution from wood burning with asthma, decreased lung function and even premature death in vulnerable people.

The air district this year has launched a series of public health messages that liken wood smoke health risks to the dangers of secondhand cigarette smoke.

"Wood smoke is a serious public health problem for residents of the Bay Area," said Jack Broadbent, the air district's executive officer. "One fireplace burning in a neighborhood is like one person smoking on an airplane — everyone is impacted."

The district regulates air pollution in seven Bay Area counties and southern parts of Solano and Sonoma counties.

For more information visit www.sparetheair.org or call 877-4NOBURN.

Contact Denis Cuff at 925-943-8267. Follow him at Twitter.com/deniscuff

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http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-new ... =inthenews
• The Surgeon General has determined that there is no safe level of exposure to ambient smoke!

• If you smell even a subtle odor of smoke, you are being exposed to poisonous and carcinogenic chemical compounds!

• Even a brief exposure to smoke raises blood pressure, (no matter what your state of health) and can cause blood clotting, stroke, or heart attack in vulnerable people. Even children experience elevated blood pressure when exposed to smoke!

• Since smoke drastically weakens the lungs' immune system, avoiding smoke is one of the best ways to prevent colds, flu, bronchitis, or risk of an even more serious respiratory illness, such as pneumonia or tuberculosis! Does your child have the flu? Chances are they have been exposed to ambient smoke!
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