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Spare The Air Alert Issued For Wednesday

Wood burning ban is declared despite a forecast of light rain Wednesday afternoon.

Raindrops keep fallin' on my head. But just like the man whose feet are too big for his bed, something doesn't fit.

Authorities have issued another Spare the Air alert for Wednesday — even with a forecast of light rain in the Bay Area.

The edict prohibits the burning of wood, manufactured fire logs and other solid fuel indoors or outdoors throughout the Bay Area all day and all evening Wednesday.

It's the eighth such alert issed by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District since Jan. 1.

The ban comes even though the National Weather Service is forecasting rain during the day on Wednesday and possible showers Wednesday evening.

Air quality officials say particulates have built up in the air during the past few days and are threatening to reach unhealthy levels on Wednesday. Officials say tomorrow's rain will not be enough to reduce pollution levels.

“The region will again experience high particulate pollution levels,” said Jack Broadbent, the air district's executive officer. "Due to the Winter Spare the Air Alert calls, we have not yet exceeded the federal health standard, which is exactly what the alerts are designed to do."

First-time violators are given the option to take a wood smoke awareness class, online or by mail, in lieu of paying a penalty. Second violations result in a $500 ticket and subsequent ticket amounts are higher.

Chris J Kapsalis January 23, 2013 at 01:48 PM
Jack Broadbent needs to be fired. This is INSANE. We are nearing 50% spare the air days called in 2013 and with clouds? Well here is the official forecast for the Bay Area. Cloudy with occasional rain during the afternoon. "High near 55F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 90%." Winds 5-10 mph? Is this guy out of his mind? I am trying to write this without and expletives, which is very difficult. So if I am caught burning wood I have to take a class and have my intelligence insulted? I've studied weather my entire life and I know for a fact this is NOT a spare the air day. What the hell is going on? This is the first year I have seen it this crazy. I was going to have a fire yesterday but by the time I found out it was not a spare the air day it was too late. I am to the point I just assume it is one. We need to do something about this joker. OK, I failed. What a waste of money and I almost feel like getting the $500 fine to make a point and go to Sacramento and demand this guys job.
KFrances January 23, 2013 at 08:26 PM
It's not about Spare the Air. It's about control of the masses - conditioning. This is only the beginning...snitch on your neighbor and more - I thought the below was a joke when I first saw it - but it's not - Green Gone Bad: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRFsoRQYpFM ...pretty scary stuff - slavery and eugenics (sustainable death) .
MF January 23, 2013 at 08:30 PM
These people are testing their clout and we should respond in defiance. How have particulates built up in the air during the past few days when most of those days were already spare the air? It means the cause is not from fires but from industry free to polute and we pay the price. I think their goal is to ban fires outright.
WC-Independent January 23, 2013 at 09:24 PM
Going after the little people is easy. A family having a small fire is banned while the ports, truck traffic, refineries, big construction projects continue on through these 'spare the air' days. What a joke.
Chris J Kapsalis January 23, 2013 at 09:47 PM
This aint exactly light rain.It is a joke wc. The are a joke. A big exspensive joke. I don;t even have the words. We need to fire these idiots and use the money for things like Fire stations that are closing. I tried. Tried not to use the word idiot. But they are IDIOTS. And out of their blanking minds if they think people will stand for this. I wont. I am having a fire if I feel it is not a day I shouldn't. They have lost all credibility with me. ZERO. My dog would do better than them. I know better than these CLOWNS. Fine me. I will do everythig in my power wintin the law to have these people's jobs. Yes I am pissed off.
CJ January 23, 2013 at 10:23 PM
I was where you are now at 15 years ago. Glad to see you awakened to the soft tyranny.
Chris J Kapsalis January 23, 2013 at 10:30 PM
There was not this many BS spare the air days 15 years ago. What do you mean? I call BS when I see it, have for 48 years, so I aint reading you.
Citizen January 24, 2013 at 06:47 PM
Wood smoke is full of toxins. See http://www.epa.gov/burnwise/pdfs/woodsmoke_health_effects_jan07.pdf or http://www.nwcleanair.org/pdf/aqPrograms/woodHeating/woodSmokeandYourHealth.pdf.
Chris J Kapsalis January 24, 2013 at 07:01 PM
Yes it is. I remember I think 8 years ago? when 100's of lightening caused fires roared all over North CA and the whole valley was thick with smoke, in some places, like Chico, it was down to a couple hundred feet visibility. They did tell people with respiratory problems to stay inside, which made no sense, because that is where our oxygen comes from, and it comes in anyway. That was very bad. Very concentrated and unhealthy. That was like 100 billion fire place fires burning at one time all over the valley. No one died though. And no lasting effects we can find. So I doubt fire place fires on a cold night would hurt us, in fact help us, keep us warm and have a nice night. This is over the top nuts imo. Too much of anything is bad. Even the Sun. Water. Food. Anything. In concentrated levels. You cannot live without salt. Too much you die. Everything in moderation. They even did an experiment with lab mice that had no radiation. they got sick and died. But of course direct exposure is deadly. So in fact everything is toxic, in the right amount. I argue this is over kill. Way over kill. I think some smoke is actually good for us.

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