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The Bay Area Air Quality Management District announced on the Thursday before Christmas that residents would not be allowed to burn wood or other solid fuel, or they would face a fine.
The government agency announced the ban as cool temperatures and light winds were trapping wood smoke at ground level. Fine particulate Pollution in the wood smoke can cause health impacts and is harmful to children, elderly people, and those with respiratory conditions.
“Unfortunately, weather conditions are leading to significant smoke Pollution buildup throughout the region that is expected to cause unhealthy air quality through the Christmas holiday,” air district interim executive officer Sharon Landers said in the announcement.
Those with fireplaces, wood stoves, pellet stoves, outdoor fire pits, or other wood-burning devices were not allowed to use them during the time unless the home was made without permanently installed heating. First-time violators would be encouraged to take a wood smoke awareness course or pay a $100 fine, while second violations were accompanied by a $500 fine.
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