Air Quality / Wood Burning Restrictions

Air quality has been and continues to be a concern for the Denver area, especially in the winter months. During high pollution days, people with respiratory problems have difficulty breathing. Simply curtailing wood burning and reducing the amount we drive on these days can help keep the quality of our air from worsening.

From November 1st through March 31st, wood burning restrictions apply to fireplaces, fireplace inserts, and wood stoves on Action Days (high pollution days).  The only exception is for residents who have EPA or State certified wood stoves and inserts who are allowed to burn on Action Days.  All new wood stoves and inserts sold today in Colorado are EPA or State certified units.

Arvada's Ordinance also requires the proper managing of indoor wood burning devices to limit smoke emission opacity to less than 20%.  This applies to all fireplaces and stoves all year.

Air quality information and wood burning restriction information can be obtained by calling the Air Quality Hotlines at 303-758-4848 or 303-782-0211, by going to the State Indoor Air Quality website, and through most major media outlets. The State issues advisories daily at 4:00 p.m.

If you are uncertain if your wood burning device is EPA or State certified, or you see someone who is burning on a high pollution day, please call the City Utilities Department at 720-898-7760.