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Open Burning

ACHD Open Burning Regulation Fact Sheet


  • No material other than clean wood, propane, or natural gas may be openly burned EXCEPT for:

    • Commercially available fire logs, paraffin logs, or wood pellets

    • Paper or commercial smokeless fire starters in order to start a fire

    • Charcoal for the preparation of food only

  • Fires may be no larger than 3 feet wide by 3 feet long by 2 feet high (3’x 3’x 2′)

  • Fires must be at least 15 feet from the nearest neighbor’s dwelling or inhabited area, including:​

  • Property line

  • Roadway

  • Sidewalk

  • Public access area

  • Wood-burning activities are prohibited on Air Quality Action days, with the exception of burning for the commercial preparation of food

  • Burning may be prohibited or reduced if it is considered a nuisance, based on the following criteria:​​

    • The topography of the surroundings

    • The weather

    • The duration or frequency of open burning

    • The severity of the amount of air pollutants

  • Open burning permits are available for ceremonies, fostering of agriculture, abatement of a public health hazard, and firefighting instruction; however, all permitted open burning is prohibited on Air Quality Action days.

  • Check out the Document Library for more Open Burning information, and how you can apply for an Open Burning Permit.

Contact ACHD at (412) 578-8103 for more information

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