Summer Spare the Air Season Begins in the San Francisco Bay Area

May 2, 2014 12:27 pm · 18 comments


The Bay Area Air Quality Management District announced today the start of the 2014 summer Spare the Air season.

The program encourages Bay Area residents to reduce air pollution every day by carpooling, taking transit, driving less, walking and biking.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is the regional agency chartered with protecting air quality in the Bay Area.

For more information on the district and Spare the Air, visit

Abolish CARB May 2, 2014 at 1:08 PM

They have way overstepped their authority.

Michelle May 2, 2014 at 1:08 PM

I have an air conditioner in my office that’s on all year; I wonder if that counts as preserving the air.

Anononymous May 2, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Lord Broadbent will think of some way to oppress the masses.

Theo May 2, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Incognito, Good point! I am a Walnut Creek resident, but I own a cattle ranch in Southern Oregon, Jackson County, and open or barrel burning requires a burn permit that must be renewed every two years. Our local fire department issues burn permits. Not only do we have to have a permit, but we must call our fire department on the days we wish to burn in the open or in barrels. A recorded message is updated daily which informs us as to whether or not it is a “burn day”. Open burning is not permitted when the ventilation Index (VI)* is inadequate or when there are fire danger risks (e.g.,high winds).

Also, Open and barrel burning is not permitted usually from November through March as well as July through the middle of October (Fire Season). There are a few exceptions such as Phoenix, Oregon which seems to allow open and barrel burning practically year round. Our air quality has definitely improved significantly in Southern Oregon because of current burning restrictions. Are the open/barrel burning restrictions inconvenient? YES, but I would much rather have cleaner air and less contaminated air throughout the Bay Area.

Brent May 2, 2014 at 1:43 PM

That’s what they do in rural areas, they have permits.

kyle May 2, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Can people build fires in there back yard. In concord

Shulla May 2, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Did you know residents of Valley Springs don’t ever have to Smog their automobiles? DMV gives them a free ride. What’s with that!!?? A majority of residents commute to Sacto, Lodi, Stockton to work…polluting all the way. Different rules for different people is unfair and insane. No wonder California has become laughing stock.

NotPC May 2, 2014 at 1:48 PM

I’ll have a bonfire in BAAQMD’s honor.

anon May 2, 2014 at 3:26 PM

When is it not a spare the air day?

Theo May 2, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Brent #6. Your comment is partially true. Yes, burning permits are required in most rural areas, but a permit for barrel burning is also required within city/town limits where barrel burning is still allowed. Many cities across the U.S. require a burn permit to control residential burning in their communities. Most cities in the Bay Area do not require burn permits, but perhaps it is time to require such permits in cities as well as “all” rural areas. Living within city limits with rural property owners burning debris indiscriminately near your home can be very irritating and unhealthy to say the least.

Rumplestiltskin May 2, 2014 at 3:44 PM

@ anon
Nice one.

Brent May 2, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Anyone want to burn check with your local fire dept.

Ban, Ban, Ban May 2, 2014 at 5:37 PM

That’s all the government wants people to do anymore. And if people don’t comply, they get punished.

This is backwards. The people tell the government what to do, oh, wait, almost forget what state I was in. People here elect representatives to be their leaders, to install them upon pedestals and bow down to them.

Air quality needs to be addressed, but like everything else, individuals get the brunt of the laws while major polluters buy their way out.

Mister Wister May 2, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Yeah, they should let a whiny entitled monkey like you do whatever you want.

@Mister Wister May 2, 2014 at 8:06 PM

The first thing I’d do is eliminate one major source of hot air – you.

Pro Fi May 2, 2014 at 10:56 PM

@8 – Shulla. That is not completely true. Vehicles need to be smog tested upon change of ownership:

@#2 May 3, 2014 at 7:56 AM

I like the crappy CARB gas cans that usually spray gas and vapor everywhere when you try and use them. I always wonder is anyone at CARB has actually tried to use one in a lawnmower, etc..

Cough Wheeze May 3, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Can’t wait till the Smog Nazis start fining folks for mowing their lawns on Spare The Air days … get ready people.

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