Bay Area wood burning banned Tuesday, possibly Christmas Day

Getty Images file photo | Clip artA scene like this might not be allowed for Bay Area residents if Christmas is also declared a Spare the Air day.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has announced that wood burning will be banned in the region on Christmas Eve — and possibly on Christmas Day, too.

Tuesday will be the 17th Winter Spare the Air day of the season, and the air district will then decide whether wood burning will also be banned on Christmas.

“The weather forecast looks like we might see another Spare the Air day for Christmas Day,” air district spokesman Tom Flannigan said.

He explained that winds are light, and the weather is forecast to be dry and mild in the region midweek. The stagnant air has allowed pollutants to accumulate close to the ground, making the air unhealthy to breathe, Flannigan said.

It wouldn't be the first time the air district has issued a Spare the Air alert for Christmas; it has happened two other times since the alerts began in 2008, Flannigan said.

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