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The City of Albuquerque
The City's No Burn restrictions use a color-coded system to let you know if it is okay to use your woodburning fireplace, stove, or outdoor fire.
We issue burn restrictions from Oct. 1 through Feb. 28/29.
||OK to Burn - You are free to use your woodburning fireplace or woodburning stove.
||Caution - Please do not use your woodburning fireplace or woodburning stove unless necessary.
||No Burn - You may not use your woodburning fireplace or woodburning stove. You may not light open burn fires outdoors.
Details of Burn Regulations
During a declared no-burn period, residential woodburning devices are not allowed to operate within Bernalillo County except for EPA-certified wood burning devices.
The restrictions on burning in your fireplace or wood stove run from October 1st through February 28/29th. There is an applicable burn-down period for fires that were started the morning the no-burn call was made. The burn-down period provides 3 hours (until 2 PM) for any existing fires to burn out. March 1st through September 30th you may burn in the fireplace or wood stove at your convenience, as long as there is not excessive smoke.
It is not illegal to use a solid fuel heating device or fireplace for heating or ambiance, as long as it is an "okay to burn" day, the fuel being used is correct for that type of heating device, and wood used for heating is both dry and seasoned. However, persons using fireplaces or wood stoves must comply with the requirements of Code Enforcement (which includes stack height specifications), and, when operating, the solid fuel device or fireplace must not exceed a 30% opacity rating as required by regulation.