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Don't Light That Fire Today, Air Quality District Says

It's not an official Spare the Air Day, but residents are asked to voluntarily keep their fireplaces dark to keep the air clean.

By Bay City News Service

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is asking Bay Area residents to skip the fire in the fireplace on Christmas Eve to keep air quality healthy on Christmas Day.

It's not an official burn ban day, where violators would risk being cited, but officials are asking residents to observe a voluntary ban.

"The break in the blustery weather will cause smoke pollution to build on Christmas Eve and Christmas morning," said Jack Broadbent, the district's executive officer. "We are asking the public to voluntarily not burn on Christmas Eve to help reduce pollution levels and avoid the need to call a Winter Spare the Air Alert on Christmas Day."

The holidays are typically periods of high wood smoke pollution because so many people light a fire for Christmas, according to the district. Wood smoke contains pollutants such as soot and carbon monoxide and dioxin that can cause breathing difficulties for many people.

The public should check before they burn throughout the winter Spare the Air season, from Nov. 1 to Feb. 28th. Check online at www.baaqmd.gov or www.sparetheair.org.

Davis December 24, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Bah, Humbug!, Bureacrats! This is so much Bull.
Dora the Explorer December 25, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Did they prevent the Jews from lighting the Menorah to celebrate Hanukkah? I hope they don't use our Police to enforce
Andrew December 25, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Fireplace Nazis.....its how i keep worm.....getover it!
Dora the Explorer December 25, 2012 at 07:19 AM
The BAAQMD sucks, I met they have a Christmas fire. They make me sick
Megan December 25, 2012 at 07:41 AM
If it's your only means of heat-that is fine. otherwise-hope you get caught and have fun paying the fine. don't you want your children and grandchildren to enjoy earth in the future?
Dora the Explorer December 25, 2012 at 07:47 AM
I'm watching yule logged burnin on tv 20 and I wonder if the Goran shirts willow flatter them
Darwinian Justice December 25, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Just for that, the fireplace goes all day.
Darwinian Justice December 25, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Megan, if you think the difference between life and death are some logs on Christmas, just throw yourself on the flames. And try to keep up on the story, hon. It isn't enforced today.
Roger V. Tranfaglia December 26, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Anybody got a cig?
sonja williamson December 26, 2012 at 07:29 PM
It's been raining, can't think of a better air filter! Had my fireplace going!!

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