Ninth straight Spare the Air Alert issued

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued its ninth consecutive Winter Spare the Air Alert — and 13th overall this season — for today, banning the burning of wood, manufactured fire logs or any other solid fuel by residents both indoors and outdoors for 24 hours.

The alert comes as the result of an oppressive weather pattern that has lingered across the Bay Area for more than a week, according to the air district. Hazardous fine particulate pollution continues to be trapped close to the ground in the region and is forecast once again to reach unhealthy levels today, the agency said.

It is illegal for Bay Area residents and businesses to use their fireplaces, wood stoves, pellet stoves, outdoor fire pits or any other wood-burning devices during a Spare the Air Alert. Homes without permanently installed heating, where wood stoves or fireplaces are the only source of heat, are exempt.

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