Spare the Air


There are various ways Bay Area residents can find out when Spare the Air Alerts are in effect, from EnviroFlash AirAlerts to the 1-800-HELP AIR phone line.
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Sign Up for Spare the Air Alerts

Spare the Air Alerts will be covered in local newspapers, radio, TV, and other media, and advisories will be posted on the and websites.


However, there are a number of other ways Bay Area residents can find out when a summer or winter Spare the Air Alert is in effect.


  • NEW in 2017 - text alerts! To sign up, text the word “START” to the number 817-57.


  • The Air District’s 1-800-HELP AIR (435-7247) toll-free number will notify callers when a Spare the Air Alert is issued.  In the winter, residents can also call 1-877-4NO-BURN (466-2876) for Winter Spare the Air Alert status.



  • In the winter, residents can call 1-800-430-1515 to register for automated telephone calls when a Winter Spare the Air Alert is issued.


  • Residents can also download a Spare the Air widget for their website, which will notify them when a summer or winter Spare the Air Alert is in effect.


Privacy Policy: Your privacy is important to us. This privacy policy is intended to give you confidence in the privacy and security of the personal information we obtain from you when you sign up for Alerts. Please note that we are not responsible for any use of your personal information you provide to third-party applications or websites. We recommend that you review the privacy policy of any third-party applications or websites that you use.


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Air Quality Advisory

Air Quality Advisory through Tuesday, November 20, due to heavy wildfire smoke impacts in parts of the Bay Area from the Camp Fire in Butte County. See our Wildfire Safety Tips web page.

Wood Burning Status

Saturday, 11/17
in effect
Illegal To Burn
Sunday, 11/18
in effect
Illegal To Burn