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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.

Restrictions - 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 the use of all fireplaces, woodstoves and outdoor burning devices (including the use of manufactured logs). Restrictions last for a 24-hour period starting at midnight on the day the HPA is issued.

Fines - Fines range from $50 up to $250 depending on the number of wood burning violations an individual receives per year.

Exemptions - If you need an exemption for your fireplace or woodstove, call: (602) 506-6010.

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