On Sunday, for the seventh day in a row, it will be illegal to spark those wood-burning fire places.

Yet another Winter Spare the Air alert was issued for Sunday by Bay Area Air Quality Management District officials. The ban is the 22nd since the season began on Nov. 1.

The Spare the Air Alert prohibits burning wood, manufactured fire logs or solid fuels for 24 hours including in fireplaces, wood stoves, pellets or fire pits.

First-time violators may be subject to a $100 fine or be given the option of taking a wood smoke awareness class. Subsequent violations will result in fines of $500 or more.

The air quality in the Bay Area is forecast to be unhealthy and is especially harmful for children and the elderly, according to a news release from the district.

The Winter Spare the Air season extends until Feb. 28.

To see the current air quality forecast go to www.sparetheair.org.

Contact Elisabeth Nardi at 925-952-2617. Follow her at Twitter.com/enardi10.



Advertisement