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Reminder: ABQ Wood-Burning Restrictions

Before using a fireplace or wood-burning stove, check the daily Burn & No-Burn status.

Before You Burn

Before using a fireplace or wood stove, please check for the current Burn status:

Albuquerque, NM — As colder weather sets in for the winter, the City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department is reminding citizens that wood-burning restrictions may apply. The program is in effect each winter, and this year spans from Oct. 1, 2015 through Feb. 29, 2016.

This program applies to every individual within Bernalillo County unless they have applied for and received an exemption from the City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department Air Quality Program. EPA Phase II-certified wood-burning devices and manufactured fire logs are exempt from the "No-Burn" program, provided that they do not emit visible smoke on "No-Burn" days. Exemptions from this program may also be granted for low-income residents that have applied for and received a permit to burn on "No-Burn" days.

"No-Burn days are called to prohibit wood-burning when weather conditions result in high levels of particulate pollution in the air," said Damon Reyes, Enforcement & Compliance Manager with the Air Quality Program. "The goal is to reduce health impacts to individuals who are sensitive to particulates."

Fortunately, a No-Burn day has not been necessary since December 2006; however, the program is still in effect, and violation of the restrictions could lead to a citation.