Wood fires will be banned in the Bay Area on Saturday during the first of what could be several consecutive days of Spare the Air alerts for poor air quality.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District said it called the health advisory because stagnant air is expected to trap smoke and other pollutants near the ground.

During alerts, the district bans wood and other solid fuel fires in fireplaces, fire inserts, stoves or outdoor fire pits.

This is the 28th alert of the burn season, which lasts from November through February. Weather conditions are ripe for alerts to be called for Sunday and Monday as well, pollution forecasters said

The district regulates air pollution in seven Bay Area counties and southern parts of Solano and Sonoma counties.

Contact Denis Cuff at 925-943-8267. Follow him at Twitter.com/deniscuff



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