"Red/Yellow/Green" Wood Burning Season
Wood burning season runs from November 1 to March 1 each winter. During that time, the Division of Air Quality may call "no burn" days, based on pollution levels and weather/clearing index predictions. Owners of wood stoves or fireplaces that emit visible pollutants (smoke) on those days may be fined from $25 to $299. The restrictions apply to Utah, Salt Lake, Davis and Weber Counties. The Bear River Health Department has its own wood-burning program affecting Cache County.
The burning process creates PM10 and PM2.5 - fine air borne particles that get trapped in the valleys in during the winter months when the air is very still. During an inversion, these particles can cause health impacts, particularly for those who have respiratory conditions.
The current wood burning status is announced to the news media and is also available on the Air Monitoring website and by calling 975-4009 inside Salt Lake County or 1-800-228-5434 in all other areas. A red/yellow/green system is used:
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stoves and fireplaces.