ORCAA designates an air quality burn ban when levels of fine particulate (PM2.5) are predicted to exceed or exceed state and federal standards.
Burn Ban Statuses
During a Stage 1 Burn Ban,1. No burning is allowed in fireplaces or uncertified wood stoves.
2. All outdoor burning is prohibited, even in areas where outdoor burning is not permanently banned. This includes recreational fires as well as the use of backyard fire kettles, chimineas or fire pits.
3. No visible smoke is allowed from any wood stove or fireplace, certified or not, beyond a 20- minute start-up period.
During a Stage 2 Burn Ban,1. No burning is allowed in ANY wood-burning fireplaces, wood stoves or fireplace inserts (certified or uncertified) or pellet stoves, unless this is your only adequate source of heat. Residents should rely instead on their home’s other, cleaner source of heat (such as their furnace or electric baseboard heaters) for a few days until air quality improves, the public health risk diminishes and the ban is cancelled.
2. No outdoor fires of any kind are allowed. This includes recreational fires as well as the use of backyard fire kettles, chimineas or fire pits.
3. Burn ban violations are subject to a monetary penalty.
4. During a Stage 2 ban, residents may use natural gas and propane appliances.