- Associated Press - Friday, January 1, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Northern California air quality authorities have declared Saturday its first “spare the air” day of the winter.

It will be illegal for people to burn wood, manufactured fire logs or any other solid fuel, indoors or outdoors, for 24 hours.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District says pollution from wood smoke is among the greatest health threats during winter months. It issued the warning Friday.

Authorities say wood smoke from about 1.4 million fireplaces and wood stoves in the Bay Area is the single largest source of air pollution.

First-time violators will have the option of taking a wood smoke awareness class instead of paying a $100 ticket. Second-time violators can expect a $500 ticket.

The “Spare the Air” winter season runs from November 1 through February 29.

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