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Wood Burning

If you use a wood-burning stove or fireplace, please check Today's Status or call (505) 768-BURN or (505) 768-2876 before burning.

Burn Restrictions

We may issue burn restrictions from October 1 through February 28/29. Before issuing a burn restriction, we evaluate current pollutant levels, daily weather patterns, air movement, and temperature levels. 

There is an applicable burn-down period for fires that were started the morning the no-burn call was made. The burn-down period provides 3 hours (until 2 p.m.) for any existing fires to burn out.

From March 1 through September 30, you may burn in the fireplace or wood stove at your convenience as long as there is not excessive smoke.

What is regulated?

If you live in Albuquerque - Bernalillo County, you must check today's status before you burn using any of the following items:

Obtain an Exemption

There are some exemptions to burn restrictions for Albuquerque - Bernalillo County. If any of the following apply to you, you may request an exemption from the department to burn during a "No Burn" period:

  • Use of an EPA-certified wood stove or fireplace
  • If the wood-burning device is the sole source of heat
  • Medical necessity of a wood-burning device
  • Low income status
  • Emergency situations such as the failure of a residence's primary heating system

If you believe you qualify for an exemption based on one of the above factors, you may download or print the following documents.

For more information, all (505) 768-1972 or email [email protected].

EPA Burn Wisely

Get an EPA-certified wood-burning stove or heater.

Click here to download a list of EPA-certified wood heaters.

"Just 20 old non-EPA-certified wood stoves can emit more than 1 ton of fine particles into your area during the cold months of the year."

-EPA

Learn more

Why is This Important?

Keep your family healthy and Albuquerque clean by watching for no-burn days. Burn restrictions were developed to help reduce the output of carbon monoxide and elements which contribute to the formation of ozone.