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During the CBJ Air Quality Monitoring Program: October 1 - April 30

CBJ staff monitor the Mendenhall Valley's air quality data hourly to detect fine particulates from woodsmoke in the air. If data shows continuous, high concentrations of these fine particulates, the CBJ will declare an air emergency, which prevents all wood stoves in the Valley from being used until the emergency is cancelled. The CBJ works in partnership with the Alaska DEC and NOAA to ensure the Valley's air remains clean and healthy. During an air emergency, all wood stove burning in the Mendenhall Valley is prohibited until further notice as outlined in CBJ's ordinance 2008-28 regarding solid fuel-fired burning devices. Pellet Stoves are exempt from the wood stove regulations and can burn at any time. Masonry heaters that fit the definition given by the Masonry Heater Association of North America are also exempt from the wood stove regulations.