Between November and February, homeowners will no longer be able to sit back and spend a pleasant evening sipping sherry and reading the adventures of Jane Eyre before a roaring fire. At least during Spare the Air days. According to the Oakland Tribune, the Bay Area air quality district has slapped a ban on active fireplaces and wood stoves when the smog is a little too nasty. First time offenders get a warning. The second time, it's castration for you. Or at least a hefty fine.