San Francisco bans wood burning on Christmas Eve

San Francisco bans wood burning on Christmas Eve

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued the season’s 17th Winter Spare the Air Alert for Tuesday, officials announced.

The alert bans the burning of wood, manufactured fire logs or any other solid fuel both indoors and outdoors for 24 hours.

Although a strong weather system moved through the Bay Area late last week, air quality officials said, a high pressure system has set up across the region and pollution was once again forecast to reach unhealthy levels .

“We want everyone to enjoy their holiday this week, but unfortunately, weather conditions are causing unhealthy, muddy air again,” said Jack Broadbent, executive officer of the Bay Area Air District. “Air is forecast to be extremely unhealthy this week so it is imperative that residents protect air quality and not burn in their indoor or outdoor fireplaces.”

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