REMINDER: Spare the Air Alert Issued for All Day Sunday

December 8, 2013 11:00 am · 54 comments



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

A cool, still weather pattern forecast for Sunday 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 fifth this year.

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.


1 No December 8, 2013 at 11:03 AM

No thank you.

2 Granny Snagkitten December 8, 2013 at 11:21 AM

What’s the phone number to snitch on the neighbors?

3 Ted K. December 8, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Hahaha.. fire is on already.


4 Using The System December 8, 2013 at 12:08 PM

“What’s the phone number to snitch on the neighbors?”

Years ago during one of their many self caused budget crisis, CA got the bright idea to raise registration fees for boats. Sounded great, but what they didn’t realize was big campaign contributors, movers and shakers in CA politics had large boats. After they got their expensive renewal notices fee schedule was changed back.
Those with political power or connections to are listened to, we aren’t.

Now told that story to make this suggestion, make it a point to know if there are members of city, county or state governments as well as attorneys and especially politicians at all levels living around you.
IF they violate the spare the air alert, Absolutely do not hesitate to turn them in.

5 Mitch December 8, 2013 at 12:19 PM

@ Ted K.–3

I hope you get fined. Selfish moron.

6 Poor December 8, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Sorry little Johnny and Suzie, there won’t be any presents this year for Christmas.
But why Daddy?
Because obama took all out money. He doubled our medical insurance payments.
OK Daddy, he knows what is best for us.

7 Poor December 8, 2013 at 12:47 PM

All “our” money.

8 Poor December 8, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Sorry there will be no Christmas fire in the fireplace this year, little Johnny and Suzie.
But why daddy?
Because the government says so.
OK daddy, they know what is best for us.

9 Get a rake December 8, 2013 at 1:11 PM

I am so glad I get to tell our Air Management folks this: If you care so much about the quality of our air, You will ban blowers.

Blowers are gasoline powered two stroke engines. They are esr damaging noisy. Pollutants on the ground are blown into our airspace each time one is used *cough*. The persons weilding them are rude beyond belief. They disturb the peace in every sense!

Get rid of them!!! Use a rake you lazy bums.

Do it.

10 Bob Moore December 8, 2013 at 1:11 PM

And we hope your PGE bill is $1000. Much more than a fine!

11 Burner December 8, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Burn, baby burn!

12 @Mitch December 8, 2013 at 1:15 PM

I hope you have asthma. Self-centered sheep.

13 Bob Moore December 8, 2013 at 1:23 PM

There are thousands of people at Candlestick park burning all kinds of things including wood!
BAAQMD won’t do anything especially agsnist the NFL!

14 Anonymous December 8, 2013 at 1:26 PM

6 mph wind, wood burning stove makes all the difference in our uninsulated house and mother and I are freezing. Thanks a lot BAAQMD

15 anonanonagain December 8, 2013 at 1:27 PM

Ted K, you sound like a real piece of work…..Air pollution is very real and jerkwads like you only contribute to our poor quality. I hope they fine you.

16 anon December 8, 2013 at 1:51 PM


17 Mitch December 8, 2013 at 1:59 PM

@ Bob Moore-10

Out bill is a lot lower than $1000.00, and we NEVER run the heater or have a fire going in the fireplace. Our home is well insulated. If our bill was that high, we could easily afford it. We live in Lafayette.

@ Mitch-12

I don’t have asthma, but I realize a lot of people have breathing problems. Get an education, and you might get further in life.

18 Bob Moore December 8, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Tell that to the coal miners and people whose water is being polluted by fraking so you can use your natural gas and electricity. Talk about hypocritical! Turn off your electricity and stop burning natural gas and save a life. Get a coat!

19 What_Else_Is_NewS December 8, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Spare the air day = Sooooooooo f—ing STUPIED!!!

20 What_Else_Is_NewS December 8, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Mitch aka #5 people are cold the pro spare the air dayers are the selfish ones! THINK MORON!

21 Brian Griffin December 8, 2013 at 2:26 PM

And now for Monday too..

22 Ted K. December 8, 2013 at 2:33 PM

@ #5 and #13

You people probably have bought into all the “climate change” hysteria. Have you seen air pollution, or pollution in general, in China or India? Or Mexico City, Cairo, or Manila??? Do you think they will choke their economies by restricting growth and development for “the good of the Earth”? Because the silly Americans ask them to do so? If you do then you’re as clueless as the idiot in the White House.

If I get fined it is no matter.

Risk: A few bucks…
Reward: Nice, warm house.


23 Ted K. December 8, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Check that… I meant #15, not #13.

24 @Mitch December 8, 2013 at 2:42 PM

An just how could they tell the difference between a fireplace converted over to natural gas and someone using an EPA certified pellet stove ?

25 Tailgate December 8, 2013 at 2:47 PM

“There are thousands of people at Candlestick park burning all kinds of things including wood!”
Can just see it now, a fleet of pretty blue Prius rolls in to bust a bunch of drunk tailgaters. . . . . . . .

26 Did They Goof ? December 8, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Sustained wind of 12 mph at Buchanan Field.
Gusts in past hour of 18.4 mph.

27 Elwood December 8, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Later on, we’ll conspire

As we dream by the fire.

Burn, baby, burn!

If the air cops come to the door, tell them to go f themselves.

Local PD will not assist them. Don’t open the door or talk to them. They can’t cite a building, they need a name.

28 bikelock December 8, 2013 at 3:14 PM

You may not notice it now … or ten years
from now … or maybe even 20 years from
now, but those fires in your fireplace aren’t
just putting pollutants into the air outside.
Those fires in your fireplaces are putting
pollutants into your house … into the air
in your house … into your lungs. You may
not notice it now … or ten years from now …
or maybe even 20 years from now, but when
you’re old, you’ll be huffing and puffing like
you had smoked a pack a day for life. But,
that’s ok. Obama is going to make sure you
have health insurance anyway.

29 mutts December 8, 2013 at 3:14 PM

Why aren’t there big protests against the pollution in China and Mexico? Scare the air day is a control thing.
Turning each other in is a very bad idea.

30 Michael 2 December 8, 2013 at 3:15 PM

400,000acres burn every year in California .the hospitals should be full of sick people during those times .there not . We have been burning fire places for generations with no real problems.but now a few people complain , a government agency is created and threw there propaganda campaign they have convinced the liberal sheep in this state ,bay area,that your fireplace is an evil polluting machine.there are no facts proving any one is being harmed by fire place smoke any where .Try to find any.the real jerk wads are the ones that believe this government led crap.

31 WASP December 8, 2013 at 3:46 PM

Always strange to me that in the winter – less people out and about, less motorized vehicles (mowers, blowers, and recreational vehicles), yet there seem so many more spare the air days with the opportunity to fine people if they burn in their fireplace. Couldn’t I BBQ or smoke all day in the summer without any worries?

32 @mutts December 8, 2013 at 4:24 PM

The “agenda” has been setup for years, Video from 2006

Prevailing winds from those coal plants in China is West blowing East towards the USA..
We now pay higher electricity prices while OUR coal is sold to China.

2010 “This year the Chinese market had the capacity to start taking the high-sulphur metallurgical coal that the usual buyers weren’t taking,” a major U.S. coal trader said.”
As Coal Use Declines in U.S. Coal Companies Focus on China

33 follow the money December 8, 2013 at 4:31 PM

@wasp I completely agree…these spair the air days are starting to piss me off…we have an old heater and having a fire keeps the house warm much better…

Who profits when everyone cranks their heaters all night…easy one to answer! Just follow the $$

34 Sam December 8, 2013 at 4:37 PM

“As ye sows, so shall ye reap”.. a concerned, proactive parent will establish rules in the home, not to be mean, but to protect their child from all types of harm, rules/laws are established to protect us from each other and ourselves; many countries around the world have very lax regulations on pollution emmissions, consequently they are now, NOT YEARS FROM NOW, but now, having to contend with the major health repecutions, due to ever increasing, pollution indexes; the vast majority of humans are self centered, narrow minded; that line, in the movie, “Men In Black”, when Tommy Lee Jones’ character, Agent J or K says, “in most of the galaxy, the human species is regarded as a malignancy”.

35 deltadog December 8, 2013 at 4:59 PM

I hope some of you scofflaws have good
homeowner’s insurance for the people
who are documenting your contribution
to the air polution to support their lawsuit
for making them ill. Forget the fines for
burning. They are miniscule compared to
what its going to cost you for making me
wheeze. There are experts that will
testify to it in court.

36 Sam December 8, 2013 at 5:08 PM

I can only postulate, that there is a direct, statistical correlation, charting those humans, who possess little to no regard for safeguarding their own, present and/or future health and well being, would, for all intents and purposes, commensurately have little to no regard, for safeguarding the future health and well being of others; “this is not rocket science”.

37 concordian December 8, 2013 at 5:14 PM

On a day with freezing temp warnings and raise PG&e more than usual?? No thank u! I rather not freeze.

38 Michael 2 December 8, 2013 at 5:32 PM

To delta dog and the others of ther Ilk. There never has and never will be a death or life ending injury caused by burning a home fireplace .Unless you get on my roof and stick your head in my cheminy for about 10years. I’ll get you for trespassing before you get sick .It’s scary to think there is that many thinking people that believe that B S . Believe me there are no facts to back up the hipe for not burning your fireplace , none. if your don’t like the smell of smoke I’m sorry but I have the right to enjoy my life too .Sitting beside the fire on a cold evening

39 TinFoiler December 8, 2013 at 5:42 PM

You’ll only lift a finger to conspiracy when it affects you personally, otherwise, you can’t be bothered while watching your ‘game’ and being oblivious to the world YOU live in. Sorry, but it’s just about too late.
Keep mocking those that have been trying to warn you as you slip into the rulers headlock.
Turn off your TV and begin to do some research, after that, begin to tell other sleeping zombies what you’ve found. You will be trying to convince a bunch of flat earthers that the earth is Round.

40 barn December 8, 2013 at 5:42 PM

only winner hear is PGE

41 funny man December 8, 2013 at 5:51 PM

they’re = they are, subject verb contraction, ie: they’re bad at english
their = possessive adjective, place it before a noun, ie: their horrible grammar
there = adverb, destination or place, ie: the retards are over there at claycord

42 deltadog December 8, 2013 at 6:15 PM

Weeeeeeeeellllllllll excuuuuuuusssse me!

43 deltadog December 8, 2013 at 6:21 PM

@Michael You’re right! It doesn’t happen
right away. It’s a very slow, painful,
and agonizing death. You won’t even know when
you’re 80, short of breath, and shuffling around
all stooped over that if you hadn’t had fires in
your house you’d still be mowing your own lawn.

44 the other jj December 8, 2013 at 6:23 PM

just fired up.the stove, and cleaning all my guns,,we will stay warm and safe

45 Michael 2 December 8, 2013 at 6:27 PM

There . They”re ,their ? What do you expect. Public education

46 Elwood December 8, 2013 at 6:32 PM

deltadog, mental illness you have on

(you know the tune)

47 deltadog December 8, 2013 at 6:51 PM

@Elwood How old are you, six?

48 KenInConcord December 8, 2013 at 7:40 PM

I think we need to give it a big push in BAAQMD right direction.

Like when the CARB asked everyone to call if they saw a smoking car. Some called in all the plates in the cars parked in the CARB offices parking lot.

I think every one should call in at least 15-20 addresses every time they declare a STAD, just pick the first 15 or 20 Chimneys that you see weather there is smoke or not. Give the poor little white pickups something to do. If they had to investigate 20 or 30 thousand complaints every day it would make them so happy.!!!

49 anon December 8, 2013 at 8:14 PM

@delta dog #35….

“I hope some of you scofflaws have good homeowner’s insurance for the people who are documenting your contribution to the air polution to support their lawsuit for making them ill. Forget the fines for burning. They are miniscule compared to what its going to cost you for making me
wheeze. There are experts that will testify to it in court.”

Yeah, right. “Documenting my contribution to support their lawsuit” and telling me there are “experts that will testify to that….”

Guess what? There are plenty of bought-and-paid-for “experts” that’ll testify to anything. Anyone can sue anyone for anything – but that doesn’t mean squat. The big thing is PROVING that.

Until then, I ‘ll stay toasty warm. Ya don’t like it, then move..or go tell mommy BAAQMD.

Junk science at its best.

50 deltadog December 8, 2013 at 9:41 PM

Oooooooo! I’m not going anywhere. I was born
here and I’m part Native American. You can
leave. You’re taking up my open space.

51 HMMMMMMm December 9, 2013 at 6:12 AM

I agree. Tell those BAAQMD folks to pound salt if they show up. They are not police officers and they have no right W/O a warrant to enter you house W/O consent. Its a complete joke. This is AMERICA and our boys and girls go to war and die for our freedoms and we can burn a fire in the cold??

52 OH HAPPY FRIDAY December 9, 2013 at 10:42 AM

its all about PG&E making a bunch because everybody must turn the heater up to stay warm….

53 jtkatec December 9, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Someone taking pictures of their neighbor’s backyard over the fence…. poor form, bordering on being a peeping tom.

54 Anon-2-U-2 December 9, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Ahh – the smoked salmon we made yesterday was tasteeeeee :-)

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