Spare the Air in the San Francisco Bay Area
The 2014/2015 Winter Spare the Air season runs from November 1 through February 28.
Each day by early afternoon, the Air District will issue an air quality forecast for the next day. If air quality is forecast to be unhealthy, a Winter Spare the Air Alert will be called. The alert will be in effect the entire next day, for a full 24 hours.
When a Winter Spare the Air Alert is in effect, it is illegal to burn wood, manufactured fire logs, pellets, or any other solid fuels in your fireplace, woodstove or outdoor fire pit.
During the winter season, wood smoke is the largest source of harmful particulate pollution. On this website, residents can find information about the health effects of wood smoke, as well as detailed information about the Wood Burning Rule and how to comply with it.
Here are answers to some Frequently Asked Questions about the Winter Spare the Air program.
You can also file a wood smoke complaint online.
Spare the Air Every Day
Help reduce pollution and prevent Spare the Air Alerts! Here are some great ways to Spare the Air and find a better way to work:
Visit stacommutetips.org to get all the information you’re looking for about commute programs and incentives available where you live and work.
Walk or Ride Your Bike
Save money and improve your health, too! Use the Spare the Air app’s Bike Route Planner or the 511 Bike Mapper to plan your trip.
Take the Bus, Ferry or Train
Save gas and money – and reduce stress! Find the fastest route on 511 Trip Planner.
Commute with colleagues or neighbors instead of driving alone. Find your rideshare match at 511.org.
Skip a Trip or Link Your Errands
By combining or eliminating trips, you reduce pollution in addition to saving gas and time.