Another Winter Spare the Air alert banning wood-burning has been issued for the Bay Area on Wednesday.
The 24-hour wood-burning ban is enacted when unhealthy air pollution levels are expected.
The alert prohibits residents and businesses from using fireplaces, woodstoves, pellet stoves, outdoor fire pits or other wood-burning devices.
Fines can be levied for violations, although first-time violators are given the option of taking a wood smoke awareness class instead.
The Winter Spare the Air season began on Nov. 1 and runs through Feb. 28.
For more information about whether an alert has been issued, Bay Area residents can visit www.sparetheair.org or call the toll-free hotline at 877- 4-NO-BURN.
Copyright © 2013 by Bay City News, Inc. -- Republication, Rebroadcast or any other Reuse without the express written consent of Bay City News, Inc. is prohibited.