For the fourth time this week, a Spare the Air alert has been issued for Saturday by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

According to the district, a high pressure weather system along with colder temperatures have lingered in the Bay Area all week, causing pollution to become trapped and rise to unhealthy levels. When an alert has been issued, it is illegal residents to burn wood, manufactured fire logs or any other solid fuels indoors or outside.

If residents are cited for violations, they can take a wood smoke awareness class or face a fine of $100, with rising fines for any subsequent violations, per the district.

Alerts were also issued for Monday, Tuesday and Friday.

Wood smoke contains fine particles and carcinogens and is the largest source of air pollution in the Bay Area during the winter, according to the air district.

The daily burn status can be found by visiting www.sparetheair.org, www.baaqmd.gov or by calling 877-4-NO-BURN.

Bay City News Service contributed to this report.

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