According to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, over 1.4 million homes in the San Francisco Bay Area have fireplaces and stoves, and many are wood-burning. Wood-burning is a top contributor to wintertime air pollution, thus giving rise to the newest legislation being proposed.
Bay Area air quality officials are ratcheting up their campaign against smoke pollution with a proposal aimed at phasing out the old-fashioned fireplace. After Nov. 1, 2016 Bay Area homes with wood-burning fireplaces cannot be sold or rented unless they are equipped with cleaner devices, such as gas, under the first proposal of its kind in California. Retrofit costs could range from hundreds of dollars to more than $3000, depending on the home and the new device being installed.