Air District Discourages Wood Burning During Thanksgiving Holiday

November 24, 2021 19:00 pm · 27 comments

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is asking residents not to burn wood on Thanksgiving Day but is not issuing a Spare the Air alert that would ban them from doing so.

Air quality in the region is expected to be moderate Thursday for the holiday so the air district is discouraging the burning of wood so pollution doesn’t rise to unhealthy levels.

Wood smoke from the 1.4 million fireplaces and wood stoves in the Bay Area is the main source of air pollution in the region in the winter months and can be particularly harmful to children, the elderly and people with respiratory problems, according to the air district.

“We are asking Bay Area residents to help keep air pollution low this Thanksgiving by not burning wood indoors or outdoors,” air district executive officer Jack Broadbent said in a statement. “If we refrain from having a fire this Thanksgiving, we can all enjoy a healthier, happier holiday weekend.”

Sam November 24, 2021 at 7:46 PM

More unelected fools giving advice that wasn’t asked for. I wasn’t going to lite the fire but now I am. I’ll be burning wood for the next few days straight. It’s getting cold out there.

Me November 24, 2021 at 9:11 PM

Thanks for taking your hatred for these unelected officials out on those of us with respiratory problems. Many days I can’t spend time outside because of the air quality from peoples wood burning fires.

T-Rex November 24, 2021 at 9:16 PM

+1. And out of those 1.4 million there’s probably like 30 actually being used at any given time. Gonna go warm up and smell good real quick.

Phil November 24, 2021 at 9:50 PM

Hope you have an efficient, clean burning wood stove, otherwise you’re letting more heat out of your home than you’ll get from the fire. That would make you doubly foolish: polluting to be spiteful against those better educated and trained than you (You know, scientists.) and giving money to that criminal enterprise known as PG&E. Seems to be a lot of unaware folks running around this land without any idea of the harm they cause.

nytemuvr November 24, 2021 at 11:14 PM

@Phil….Don’t hurt yourself getting off your high horse.

Sam November 25, 2021 at 4:41 AM

78 toasty degrees all night without pg&e says you have no clue what you’re talking about.
Enjoy your hormone blocker flavored turkey.

Ohhhh noooo, I so sawee

It’s quite a pleasure to warm up by a fire and not pay pe&e. You hating on me and calling me hateful is rich. I’ll throw an extra log on for you.

Decades of democrat mental abuse got you in your house wearing masks while pelosi moves to Florida and newsom to Montana.

Burnbabyburn November 25, 2021 at 9:47 AM

Name 1 scientist on the air district. They’re all unelected politicians.

Janus November 25, 2021 at 12:38 PM

Instead of feel sad anecdotal stories and virtue signaling, how about addressing Sam’s overarching question?

This board is an unelected panel which controls activities not by the rule of law but by rule of regulations which they themselves enact with no oversight.

It is a forth branch of government or if you like, an end-around of the Legislative Branch by the Executive Branch.

concord grape November 24, 2021 at 10:20 PM

Sam, you really have a lot of hatred built up. I really feel sorry for you.

Gittyup November 24, 2021 at 11:33 PM

Somewhere I read that most air pollution on the West Coast was was the stuff that drifted over from China which does not regulate pollution sources the way California does. This is contradictory to the statement, “Wood smoke from the 1.4 million fireplaces and wood stoves in the Bay Area is the main source of air pollution in the region in the winter months …”

Bobfished November 24, 2021 at 11:39 PM

85-95% of all pm2.5 in the winter comes from sources other than people warming their homes with wood.

Exit 12A November 25, 2021 at 2:51 AM

Kiss my …

Kauai Mike November 25, 2021 at 4:37 AM

I don’t believe a word any government official or agency spews. It’s code talk for more control, money, and power in their pockets, from ours.

Happy T-Day Concordians – a remembrance to times past when self-reliance, individualism, and true grit prevailed.

The Wizard November 25, 2021 at 7:21 AM

But it’s OK to smoke a big joint.

parent November 25, 2021 at 7:41 AM

Maybe I should read this before … well too late now as the fire is already going. The firepit will be lit in a coule of hours. @ Phil, one is an efficient wood burning fireplace, the other is just an out door fire pit.

One of my biggest gripes when these critics step in is that they assume everyone is burning their garbage, plastic bottles and all. Some of us actually spend ther money to buy Almond, Walnut, Madrone, etc woods to burn. These are high heat, low smoke, low ash and almost no creosote. They are not putting out the particulates that lower grade woods put out. I have a good friend with asthma and they can stay in our house/yard with the almond burning and not be bothered by it.

Sam November 26, 2021 at 7:50 AM

ITS JUST SCIENCE PEOPLE. Unfortunately the gender bending, soy consuming, everything is racist, the world is ending in 2 years climate change grifters don’t understand SCIENCE unless it comes from one of al gores beach houses or from the reality troll (not internet troll) the esteemed Dr. of AZT death anthony faucis mouth. Anyone who payed attention in the 90s know exactly what i’m saying. It’s hard to believe this guy gets to play out AIDS 2.0 on the world.

FIRE UPDATE: Haven’t used any electricity or gas to heat my home in 2 days. The coal bed is around 3 inches. Adding 1 large or 2 small logs per hour for maintenance. The wood burns so hot and efficient there’s hardly no ash and when you go outside you can’t smell fire only a hint of natural sweet nutty smell. I’m literally enhancing my neighborhood for everyone’s enjoyment. You’re all welcome.

Dr Jellyfinger November 25, 2021 at 8:06 AM

Now lets complain about how Christmas trees and gift wrap paper harm the environment !

The Wizard November 25, 2021 at 8:16 AM

It’s time for the TV fire again and a heat pack.

BORbeliever November 25, 2021 at 8:38 AM

The job of the libs is to rain on your parade all day, every day. To make every person absolutely miserable as they slog through their miserable, grim lives. The BAAQMD is just following the lib playbook.

The one question everyone should be asking is…do these folks live the way they are forcing you to live?

Lime Ridge November 25, 2021 at 8:50 AM

We pay Broadbent almost 1/2 a million dollars a year to tell us not to have fires on Thanksgiving.

Get bent, Broadbent.

Cellophane November 25, 2021 at 9:05 AM

The BABBQ police was one of the first gov’t agencies set in place to begin the training of the people.

It’s all about control and compliance.

It started off as a small group that has turned into a behemoth tax burden that fines people for not complying.

We don’t need an overstaffed and overpaid organization to tell us when not to BBQ a hamburger.

Sensible and responsible people can decide for themselves.

Mutts November 25, 2021 at 9:18 AM

What are Nancy and Gavin doing? Having a fire at the French Laundry?

Badge1104 November 25, 2021 at 11:21 AM

I miss the smell of our wood burning fireplace. Under pressure we converted to a gas insert. Now I hear another five or so years those will be outlawed too in California. (Along with gas stoves water heaters and furnaces) don’t know how we’re going to forward these changes?

TPC November 25, 2021 at 12:54 PM

I believe we should be more concerned about the undisclosed, yet totally obvious, climate engineering taking place in our skies. Until then, I hold no regard for the BAAQMD.

nytemuvr November 25, 2021 at 3:58 PM


TPC November 27, 2021 at 3:59 PM

@nytemuvr…Nope, just someone who’s paying attention.

Bob Kazamakis November 25, 2021 at 7:16 PM

Oh, I’m sorry, I thought that this was America

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