Friday – Another Spare the Air Alert Issued in the San Francisco Bay Area

January 17, 2013 16:00 pm · 37 comments

A Winter Spare the Air Alert has been issued for Friday, January 18, 2013, in the Bay Area.

Wood burning is banned both indoors and outdoors on January 18, 2013, for the full 24 hours.

Air quality in the Bay Area is forecast to be unhealthy. It is illegal for Bay Area residents to burn wood or other solid fuels in fireplaces, wood stoves and inserts, pellet stoves, outdoor fire-pits, or other wood-burning devices. This wood-burning ban will be in effect for Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, southern Sonoma and southwestern Solano Counties. (Visit to see if your city is located within the Air District.)

Winter air pollution is mainly caused by particulates or soot pollution from wood smoke. Smoke from wood-burning fires is linked to illnesses such as asthma, bronchitis and lung disease, and is especially harmful for children and the elderly.

For more information about the Wood Burning Rule, or to check before you burn, visit or call 1-877-4NO-BURN.

You can also call 1-800-430-1515 and register to receive automatic phone calls when a Winter Spare the Air Alert has been called.

To see the current air quality forecast visit

Download our FREE Spare the Air iPhone/Android application for alert notifications, local air quality forecasts, podcasts and several tools to help reduce air pollution.

Thank you for doing your part to Spare the Air!

This AirAlert is provided by your Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

jj January 17, 2013 at 4:11 PM


Stupid January 17, 2013 at 4:21 PM

It’s funny how we can’t burn wood. But all the refinery’s still burn and put worse things in the air. And burning wood cause’s asthma. Hahhaha.

Clayton Squirrel January 17, 2013 at 4:28 PM

The air looked terrible today. My son asked if it were fog (we were traveling down the Ygnacio Valley Rd hill overlooking Walnut Creek), I sort of punted with “haze.”

mwo1859 January 17, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Cali needs to install more windmills facing nevada. That would create more jobs, make energy and clean the air.

Mister Wister January 17, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Que the “moron brigade” in 3, 2, 1.

OhSoCasual January 17, 2013 at 4:53 PM

I don’t like how if just one district (North Counties, Coast and Central Bay, Eastern District, South Central Bay or Santa Clara Valley) registers unhealthy particulate levels/air quality, then ALL districts are affected by the following spare the air day issued as a response. How lame is that?

I tend to feel like spare the air days should only be called on the specific districts where the air quality is determined to be poor. So if the North Counties air quality is forecasted to be poor enough to call a spare the air day, but no other districts, only that district should be affected, not all of them.

Just sayin…

Bubba January 17, 2013 at 4:57 PM


Equal Rights January 17, 2013 at 5:11 PM

I am burring right now, see if I care. Tomorrow I will BBQ. If you don’t ike it go to TSP this is a smoke free zone, in fact just blow smoke up the city councils ass they will not know the differance.

Burnin extra tonight January 17, 2013 at 5:25 PM

It’s gonna be cold…………NOT

I’m making an extra large fire tonight just for you greenies. Congrats. Hope you got what you were looking for.

I love it how you greenie whackos come up with social experimentation law that backfires every time. LOL

You smoke your pot. I’ll make the neighborhood smell like camp.

ClayDen January 17, 2013 at 5:37 PM


I would hope that it be you.

More To Come January 17, 2013 at 5:50 PM

This pattern may last thru the weekend.
Step thru the 16 slides.
Maybe with spare the air both summer and winter, just maybe they should stop building dwellings in the bay area, more people more pollution.
Don’t have to worry about business pollution, between taxes and regulations they are leaving the state.
Other alternative is start voting out democrats so the can hug trees full time.

@OhSoCasual January 17, 2013 at 5:51 PM

They call a no-burn day for the whole bay area because the smoke drifts all aver the bay area. It doesn’t necessarily stay where it was produced.

Mister Wister January 17, 2013 at 5:53 PM

You do realize that you’re a complete moron in life, don’t you?

Concerned Citizen January 17, 2013 at 5:56 PM

No need to wonder why kids today have no respect for authority. With parents like these….

Wood Burner January 17, 2013 at 6:23 PM

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Don P... North Cawncord January 17, 2013 at 6:35 PM

The people who complain about the air quality in northern ca are the same people who fake cought when they walk past someone smoking On the street. Oh you poor babies life must be unbearable when your born with such poor genetics you cant handle the air quality here.

LOL !!!!!! January 17, 2013 at 6:42 PM

they are trolling you guys


Killjoy January 17, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Dirty air makes for beautiful sunsets.
With the Spare The Air warning in effect today, I figured I’d get some awesome shots.
Wrong. I was completely underwhelmed by tonights sunset.

With that in mind, I gotta ask, why the STAD alert?

Triple Canopy January 17, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Suck it BAAQMD. I’m grilling.

The Pitts January 17, 2013 at 7:35 PM


Señor Smog January 17, 2013 at 7:47 PM


Social Engineer
• no environmental or engineering know-how needed

Bobfished January 17, 2013 at 7:48 PM

75% of the particles in the air are generated by sources other than wood fires! 75%!!!!! Even without wood fires there will still be STA days.
The BAAQMD says there are 1.4 million fireplaces in the bayarea. They also say that the average home in the Bay Area owns 3 automobiles. That is 4.2 million cars burning petroleum in the Bay Area on a STA day and every other day. Now let’s add in the trucks, boats, jets, refineries, farm equipment, landscaping…
The problem is not with the wood fires, the problem is with an addiction to petroleum.

NWO January 17, 2013 at 8:07 PM

Justice baby! Shutting down that hate smoke door to door and day by day.
End the enslavement of the environment by the greedy and the haters with their BBQs.

Big Al January 17, 2013 at 8:15 PM

Lah T Dah….

The Real McCoy January 17, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Does anyone else notice the BAAQMD likes to do things in 3s? 3, as in the third letter of the alphabet, which stands for Communism, China, and Conservative Concentration Camp (where they’re going to try and put us all and SOON.) So-called “medical” marijuana has lulled the populace into a false sense of security and convinced the sheeple that “green” issues are important, but don’t be fooled into believing it just because your neighbors do. We must band together and rise up against the TYRANNY that is the Bay Area Air KKKuality Distict!

Bobfished January 17, 2013 at 9:10 PM

Getting ready to fire up my smokers this weekend and BBQ some tri tip for the football games. I’ll be using lots of oak!

whatever floats your boat January 18, 2013 at 7:35 AM

Does anyone ever get a ticket for this? Or are they just calling our bluff…scare tactics? How do they prove that we are burning? Just wondering if anyone out there knows………….

lincolnlog January 18, 2013 at 8:21 AM

Wha wha wha, The weather is great the air is not that bad, so what if it’s a no burn day. Go outside and enjoy it. We live in one of the best places in the US. So what if you or I can’t burn wood once in a while. I’ll fire up the pellet stove when it’s over. It isn’t a big deal. I remember how bad it was before they started the no burn days. It’s better now!

DoReMi January 18, 2013 at 8:36 AM

I love a fire too, but to think a wood burning fire in an old fashioned fireplace is heating your house, is more than stupid. It’s assinine. have an insert installed, burn pellets. If we all pull together we can have a nice place to live that satifies the requirements of living with overpopulation.

Overpopulation, is the culprit.

The Mamba January 18, 2013 at 9:51 AM

I spoke to a law professor about this after a spare the air day was called last year on Christmas. My question was how could a government agency possibly cite you for something you have to actively go out and discover? I.E. if someone’s little old grandparents were sitting at home and don’t go on the internet or listen to the radio, how would they have any clue it is a spare the air day? He said the whole idea is completely unenforceable, if you get a ticket, fight it.

Policy of Truth January 18, 2013 at 12:14 PM


Really, a law professor? IwWonder how this fundament got by him?

I believe it’s taught on the first day of law school. No worries, Judges know it thoroughly…. Just sayin!

Jojo Potato January 18, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Listen people. This site makes money from the STAD ad that is displayed. So I suppose part of that deal is that the major needs to post these alerts. We all want claycord to continue, it does cost money. So how about just knock it off and stay in your bunkers instead of making the same comments over and over.

Cowellian January 18, 2013 at 1:25 PM

The Mayor posted these alerts long before he had any paid advertisers. I think it has something to do with the concept of discussing issues that affect the people of Claycord.

Bobfished January 18, 2013 at 1:38 PM

More people die each year from the production of electricity and natural gas than people that die from wood smoke.

Bobfished January 18, 2013 at 2:42 PM

The air alert at the beginning of this column is incorrect. Wood smoke does not contribute the most wintertime particles. The BAAQMD says wood smoke only contributes 25% or less of the wintertime pollution. 75% comes from sources other than wood smoke!

Em Dubya January 18, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Clean air is good.

Being a considerate neighbor is good.

Unelected committees making blanket restrictions by administrative fiat is not good.

I’ll try to be a good neighbor but I am weary of “the ends justify the means” regulatory bodies.

@Em Dubya January 18, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Every one of the 22 members of the BAAQMD Board of Directors is a local elected official. If you don’t like what they are doing, vote them out of office.

Here’s the link to the board of directors.

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