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The Maricopa County Air Quality Department is a regulatory agency whose goal is to ensure federal
clean air standards are achieved and maintained for the residents and visitors of Maricopa County.
Residential Fireplaces and Burning
Wood burning is regulated when pollution levels rise because the process of burning wood can produce fine particulate matter that can be harmful to your lungs. It can also produce carbon monoxide and other toxins that can harm your health.
The Maricopa County Air Quality Department regulates the use of wood burning in residential fireplaces, woodstoves and outdoor burning devices during periods of high particulate matter (dust) pollution. County Ordinance P-26 provides the framework for regulation of wood burning when air quality monitoring or forecasting indicates that air quality standards are likely to be exceeded.
The county's air pollution is monitored by air quality monitors managed by the Air Quality Deparment Air Monitoring Division and Arizona Department of Environmental Quality When weather conditions occur that trap smoke emissions close to the ground surface (usually during cooler periods during the winter), state forecasters issue a high pollution advisory or HPA. Once that happens, the Air Quality Department Director may issue a No Burn Day restriction prohibiting all fireplace, woodstove and outdoor burning devices. This restriction also applies to the use of manufactured logs.
Fines range from $50 up to $250 depending on the number of wood burning violations an individual receives per year.
Restriction Parameters - No Burn Day (wood burning) restrictions are typically issued during a high pollution advisory [HPA]. Restrictions last for a 24-hour period starting at midnight the day the HPA is issued.
Resources - Call 602-506-6400 for recorded advisory information every day or Check the Air Quality Department Home Page Burn Restrictions Advisory.
Exemptions - If you need an exemption for your fireplace or woodstove, call: (602) 506-6010.