Spare The Air Says No Fireplace Burns on Christmas Eve!!! Boo

by on December 24, 2011

in bruce's thoughts

Brusimm cool metal logoCan you believe that the one day of all days of the year, where families gather around the fireplace, where chestnuts might be roasting over an open fire, Christmas Eve, residents of the Bay Area can’t have fires in their fireplaces? Ug. Of all the bad timing, on December 24th, we can’t light up our fireplaces.

[Updated later on 12/24/11: I just received their official notice that wood burning is also banned for Christmas day. Double boo on The Grinch Who Stole Christmas fireplace moments!]

Read on, see why we can’t have our fireplaces roaring to life on this magical family day.

Spare the Air, Bay AreaHere in the Bay Area of Ca., aka, San Francisco to San Jose and the regions in between, (The nine Bay Area counties) we have regulations in place to help with our air quality control called Spare the Air.

What the Spare the Air program does is disseminate a message by 2 p.m. from the Air District, declaring if the air the next day is forecast to be a potentially unhealthy day.

When an alert is sent out, it’s requested that citizens restrict their wood burning activities. In fact, it’s the law.

“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, central and southern Sonoma and southwestern Solano Counties.

Winter air pollution is mainly caused by particulates or soot 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.”

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been seeing this message pop up more often than not, just in time for the weekends. I didn’t care, even if I would have enjoyed a nice fire every now and then on my weekends off.

But I received my email today saying we can’t have a fire in our fireplace on Christmas Eve. Of all days, you would wonder if they wouldn’t make one day’s worth of an exception and let residents enjoy the spirit of the season… just for one day.

The Grinch

I swear, The Grinch is behind this evil plot to overthrow Christmas yet again. But all I know is that it would be illegal to lite it up tomorrow dang it. Grinch, you win this one…

I’ll have to go git a DVD of a fireplace now!

UPDATE: 12:15 pm; 12/24/11: I just received the latest notice saying that all wood burning is banned for tomorrow, on Christmas day also.

[Spare the Air]

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Spare This December 24, 2011 at 11:27 am

Sorry, grinch-hippies, you can fine me if you want, but no way I’m going along with this. Getting the firewood together as we speak.

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