SAN FRANCISCO -- The streak of Bay Area no-burn days will continue through Saturday with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District's announcement of another Winter Spare the Air Alert.

The alert -- the fifth straight issued by the district and the 27th since the season began on Nov. 1 -- bans the burning of wood, manufactured fire logs and other solid fuels inside or outside for 24 hours, with the exception of homes in which wood-burning is the sole source of heat.

First-time violators may be fined up to $100 or given the option of taking a wood smoke education class. Subsequent violations will result in tickets of $500 or more.

Elevated pollution levels and especially unhealthy concentrations of particulates in the South Bay provoked the latest string of alerts according to the district, although a weak low-pressure system is expected to produce strong winds and some air quality improvements across part of the Bay Area on Saturday.

Contact Jeremy Thomas at 925-847-2184. Follow him at Twitter.com/jet_bang.



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