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Air quality officials ask residents to refrain from wood burning this week

Original post made on Jan 5, 2011

Air quality officials are asking Bay Area residents to refrain from burning wood or firelogs this week. Weather conditions on Thursday and Friday could trap smoke near the ground, causing unhealthy breathing conditions, said Kristine Roselius, a spokeswoman for Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, January 4, 2011, 11:50 PM

Comments (17)

Posted by Bill
a resident of Danville
on Jan 5, 2011 at 6:47 am

The fireplace police are out looking for you. With our budget problems do they actually fund someone to drive around and look for fireplace smoke?


Posted by Joe
a resident of San Ramon Valley High School
on Jan 5, 2011 at 9:12 am

A more constant AND TROUBLING problem of air polution for THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE- - - is ALL the perfumed products that people spew out of dryers (a huge offener), cloths, hair products, fresh scented this's and that's, that fill the air every day and night all year long.
People who use these scented product have NO IDEA how harmful they are to our environment or the distress they cause their neighbors.
PLEASE research chemical polution and fragrances!!!!!!!!!!!


Posted by Julia
a resident of Alamo
on Jan 5, 2011 at 9:26 am

Asking or telling us?????

I thought when the air was bad they put out a notice the demand we do not burn. Sounds like they are getting soft.

The entire issue is stupid...with all the other serious issues happening around us...we have these overpaid fireplace police running around looking for smoke.

Get a life fools and I don't meant the lookers, I talking about the fools that are sending them out to look.

Julia from Alamo while sitting in front of my nice warm burning fire.


Posted by Joe
a resident of San Ramon Valley High School
on Jan 5, 2011 at 9:56 am

Julia, there is a Spair the Air ordinance the bans burning when the air gets too bad.
Ignorance is what perpetuates the problem. Our air belongs to all of us and not just to those who feel its OK the endulge in personal pleasures reguardless of discomfort or expence to others or their health.
Joe


Posted by Connie
a resident of Montair Elementary School
on Jan 5, 2011 at 10:19 am

I agree with Joe.
Julia, we have to be knowledgeable about problems and care about out neighbors.
I love a fire too, but if it puts my community at risk for health problems, then that is selfishness. We need to know better so we can do better!!
About the scented smells spewing from dryer vents, I certainly agree. I don't have chemical sensitivities, but my family member do. It is a very real problem that prevents them from going very many place. Even a walk along the Iron Horse trail can be bring on crippling attack.


Posted by Joe
a resident of San Ramon Valley High School
on Jan 5, 2011 at 12:55 pm

And NOW the air here is TOO TOXIC!
A Winter Spare the Air Alert has been issued for TOMORROW, Thursday, January 6, 2011, in the Bay Area.
Wood burning is banned both indoors and outdoors tomorrow, for the full 24 hours.
Air quality in the Bay Area is forecast to be unhealthy. It is illegal for Bay Area residents to burn wood or other solid fuels in fireplaces, wood stoves and inserts, pellet stoves, outdoor fire-pits, or other wood-burning devices. This wood-burning ban will be in effect for Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, southern Sonoma and southwestern Solano Counties.

Winter air pollution is mainly caused by particulate matter (PM) pollution from wood smoke. Smoke from wood-burning fires is linked to illnesses such as asthma, bronchitis and lung disease, and is especially harmful for children and the elderly.

For more information about the wood burning rule, or to check before you burn, visit www.sparetheair.org or call 1-877-4-NO-BURN.

You can also call 1-800-430-1515 and register to receive automatic phone calls when a Winter Spare the Air Alert is in effect.

Hope yow REALLY enjoyed that fire Julia. . . ;o(


Posted by psmacintosh
a resident of Danville
on Jan 5, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Next we'll have fart police. (Should come before fireplace police.)
And perfume police.
And food smells police.
in league with the climate-warming police.

Help....I smell something....and it bothers me a bit....and I want somebody to sue or jail for it.....because I can't breathe as well as I'd like.

Wear a mask.

(Oh, no! Now I smell pine trees. The sap/resin particles probably cause cancer (when put on rats in a thick paste for 6 mos). Let's chop them all down!)


Posted by collins
a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on Jan 5, 2011 at 4:03 pm

I miss the wood smells, and our smoke filled valley in the winter. It just doesn't seem the same anymore. I happen to like the smell of dryers laden with fabric softener sheets.

I also like to breathe, and see. And I like it when my granddaughter does not have an asthma attack.

I have Sjogren's Syndrome, which, among other things, has stopped my body's ability to make the tears that can clear irritants out of my eyes. I also have chemical sensitivities.

Maybe we should all think about the consequences of the things we do more often, that is something I plan on doing more often this year.

And let us all try to walk gentle on the earth, and work together.


Posted by Pam
a resident of Diablo
on Jan 5, 2011 at 7:21 pm

psmacintosh
How heartless. You just don't know how critical these chemical pollutants can be for some individuals.
It's not just "Help....I smell something....and it bothers me a bit...." It really can be life or death for these individuals. And they do wear gas mask type filters. I hope you will seek information on this. Be curious! Check out chemical sensitivities on line. Go the The Canary Report on facebook. Make your ignorance less glaring.
I bet you really wouldn't hurt someone on purpose. Think about it!!


Posted by American
a resident of Danville
on Jan 5, 2011 at 7:37 pm

This is another example of government wasting our hard earned tax dollars on politically correct liberal nonsense by hiring "fire place" police to drive around and give out tickets to people who burn logs in their fireplaces during winter. I am sensitive to the very few who actually have a real medical condition that a neighbors fire place may aggravate, but to waste money on hiring police to drive around and give tickets is ridiculous, especially in this economy where many police departments are laying off officers who are needed to fight real crime. How about simply following the golden rule: If you are having a fire and a neighbor comes over and informs you that they actually have a real medical condition and that your fire is actually aggravating their condition, you put out your fire that night? Why do we need a knee jerk liberal, politically correct law that wastes money in hiring police to go look for fires, when we do not even have enough money to have police go after real criminals? I think most citizens are decent human beings, and we can live together by following the golden rule and being respectable to our neighbors, when there is actually a real problem. Do we need government to write a law that outlaws all fires on certain nights, even when your closest neighbor is so far away there is no scientific way your smoke could affect them, and spend money on hiring fire place police to drive around? Another problem with this liberal law is that it will result in homes having to turn up the heat and use more energy in their homes to make up for not being allowed to burn a log to keep the home warm. The more we become dependent on turning up the heat and using more energy, the more we become dependent on foreign governments to supply us with energy, the more likely we end up getting involved in a military action when there is a threat to energy. In summary, this forced liberal law spends money we do not have, makes us turn up the heat and use more energy which causes us to become more dependent on foreign countries for energy, and increases the likelihood we get our military involved in threats to our supply of energy. I would love to see these same liberal politicians give us some data on how much more energy we use when we are not allowed to burn logs, and explain to their constituents that their sons and daughters may end up being forced to fight in a war over energy, because a few people had a real medical problem in which a neighbors fire place aggravated their condition.


Posted by jrm
a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on Jan 5, 2011 at 8:26 pm

I agree with American on this and this is just another "nanny law" that is not needed. The inhalation therapy for those suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (the bulk of which have smoked tobacco for years and are now paying the price) can provide sufficient temporary relief to their symptoms and this has been clinically documented time and time again. One challenge to him though, he suggests Danville Police are actually driving around sniffing outside their windows to get a whiff of smoke and write tickets...I hope this is not the case, who actually will come to my house and write me up? Does anybody know? BTW, COPD only affects 12% of the population at large, and probably less in our generally educated non tobacco smoking demographic of the Valley. And yes, there is a connection as has been clinically documented. To those "overcome" by walking on the Iron Horse Trail, I have run 4 miles every other day on that trail and I have NEVER smelled dryers nor seen a person doubled over near inhalation overload. But I HAVE smelled a LOT of bacon cooking, briskets roasting and hamburgers grilling and yes a wood fire in the cold months and it smelled fine to me. It's amazing I survived adolescence in Nebraska with no bike helmets, and happy meals and spanking legally allowed. Fire Gestapo, come get me.


Posted by jrm
a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on Jan 5, 2011 at 8:31 pm

And by the way...have you all seen this fellow riding a recumbent bike along the Iron Horse Trail with the "Spare the Air" banner on Saturdays? Who pays this joker to ride a bike back and forth with the colorful banner and how much does he make? Air Police speak up please...


Posted by American
a resident of Danville
on Jan 5, 2011 at 8:50 pm

JRM: Thank you for your comments...I am not 100% sure but I thought I read in a prior article that it is not local police writing the tickets, but rather employees of some state entity, perhaps the state air quality control? Bottom line, it is still being funded by our tax dollars...I think people's opinion on this issue is driven by their core fundamental beliefs: Do you believe people are generally decent and can live together without a zillion regulations and laws and can informally work out their issues without government getting involved, or do you believe people are so inherently misguided and uncaring that they need government to write a zillion laws and regulations and somehow have the money to enforce the zillion laws and regulations? I honestly believe everyone in Danville would voluntarily agree to put out their fires if a neighbor knocked on the door and said it was aggravating a health problem, and not need to waste tax dollars on forcing this law on everyone, and forcing us all to pay for the enforcement of it.

Another issue is how many children with asthma and elderly are going outside at 8 pm at night in January and standing near my house's chimney when I decide to put a log in the fireplace because it helps warm up the home at night so I do not have to run the heat and use so much energy? I understand, maybe, some regulations during the day, if you live near a school, or retirement home, but at night, in January, when their is no scientific way any smoke from my fireplace can reach anyone.


Posted by jrm
a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on Jan 5, 2011 at 8:56 pm

American...it's that dad gum Angela Davis (LOL)
Happy New Year Dude....


Posted by American
a resident of Danville
on Jan 5, 2011 at 9:45 pm

JRM: Good one! Happy New Year, dude...Now, if we can only persuade you to stop believing in this Obamacare(LOL)


Posted by Joe
a resident of San Ramon Valley High School
on Jan 5, 2011 at 10:59 pm

It's NOT just Danville/Alamo
Weather conditions trap the bad air. It is unhealthy for EVERYONE!

Wood burning is banned both indoors and outdoors tomorrow, for the full 24 hours.


Air quality in the Bay Area is forecast to be unhealthy. It is illegal for Bay Area residents to burn wood or other solid fuels in fireplaces, wood stoves and inserts, pellet stoves, outdoor fire-pits, or other wood-burning devices. This wood-burning ban will be in effect for Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, southern Sonoma and southwestern Solano Counties
As the artical said.
A daily burn status can be found on the air quality district's website at www.baaqmd.gov or at http://www.sparetheair.org www.sparetheair.org.


Posted by PWC
a resident of Danville
on Jan 5, 2011 at 11:44 pm

The BAAQMD has regulations that allow them to demand curtailment of the use of wood burning fireplaces that are predicated on measured levels of particulates. Everyone needs to recognize that if they could do what they wanted, you would have to take out your fireplace because these absolutists "know" that they are right, and no one should be allowed to burn anything! They are only asking because current law does not give them the power to do what they would like. But they are winning, at least here in nutty California.


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