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Wood Burning Prohibited

Spare the Air Alert in effect through Friday, October 2.  Wood burning is banned.  Burn bans can occur year-round for wildfires. Smoke from wildfires is impacting air quality.  See our hourly air quality data for the most up-to-date information, as well as Press Releases@AirDistrict, and our Wildfire Safety Tips web page.  Sign up for Bay Area Air Alerts.  en Español

Spare the Air Text Alerts

Sign up for Spare the Air Text Alerts to find out when air quality is forecast to be unhealthy in the Bay Area.

To sign up, text the word “START” to the number 817-57. Then you will receive a text asking you to sign up for Summer Spare the Air Alerts, Winter Spare the Air Alerts, or both Summer and Winter Spare the Air Alerts.

Summer Spare the Air Alerts notify you when ozone levels are forecast to be unhealthy, usually between the beginning of March and the end of October.  Winter Spare the Air Alerts notify you when fine particle levels are forecast to be unhealthy and it is illegal to burn wood in your fireplace or wood stove.

For general questions about the Spare the Air program, contact the Air District’s Communication Office at 415-749-4900. For technical assistance with Spare the Air Text Alerts ONLY, contact:

SMS Alert System Terms of Use: Message frequency will vary. Subscribers are expected to receive an estimated 1-15 texts per month, although potentially more, depending on how weather patterns and natural occurrences influence the number of poor air quality days in the Bay Area. Message and data rates may apply. See our Privacy Policy and general Terms of Use for more information.

How to stop receiving messages:
Text STOPW to unsubscribe from Winter STA Alerts.
Text STOPS to unsubscribe from Summer STA Alerts.
Text STOP to unsubscribe from all STA Alerts.

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Last Updated: 10/26/2017