Wood fires will be banned in the Bay Area again on Thursday during another Spare the Air alert for poor air quality.

This will be the fourth consecutive day for a Spare the Air alert and the 19th alert of the cold season issued by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. Wood, logs or other solid fuels cannot be burned in fireplaces, fire pits or any other device for 24 hours.

The lone exception is if houses depend on wood burning as a heat source.

The air district predicts unhealthy air throughout the region, with the worst air quality in the Santa Clara Valley.

The penalty for a first burn ban offense is $100 or attendance of an online smoke class. A second offense costs the violator $500.

Contact Paul Burgarino at 925-779-7164. Follow him at Twitter.com/paulburgarino.



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