New year starts with back-to-back Spare the Air alerts 

A Bay Area wood-burning ban that continued into the new year will remain in effect Thursday, officials from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District said Wednesday.

Today will be the region’s third consecutive Spare the Air day this week and 25th overall this winter, prompted by ongoing cold, dry weather conditions that trap harmful air pollutants close to the ground, according to the air district.

“Wood smoke continues to be a serious health concern in the Bay Area as this stagnant weather pattern continues,” said Jack Broadbent, the air district’s executive officer.

Indoor and outdoor wood burning of all kinds is prohibited during Spare the Air days, including in fireplaces and wood-burning stoves. Only homes where wood burning is the only heat source are exempt from the ban.

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