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.