Sunday, October 29, 2017

The Air District is announcing the start of the Winter Spare the Air season, Wednesday, November 1. The Air District calls Winter Spare the Air Alerts when air quality is forecast to be unhealthy due to fine particulate pollution, primarily from wood smoke. When an alert is in effect during the Winter Spare the Air season, from November 1 through February 28, it is illegal to burn wood, manufactured fire logs, or any other solid fuel both indoors and outdoors in the Bay Area for a full 24-hours.

Spare the Air Status

Bay Area residents can find out if a Winter Spare the Air Alert is in effect by:

  • NEW text alerts! To sign up, text the word “START” to the number 817-57
  • Calling 1-877-4NO-BURN
  • Visiting or
  • Signing up for automatic e-mail AirAlerts at
  • Signing up for automatic phone alerts by calling 1-800-430-1515
  • Downloading the Spare the Air iPhone or Android app

View press release.

View Winter Spare the Air web page.

Last Updated: 10/30/2017