It's the season for campfires, chimineas and fire pits— and many residents enjoy these outdoor activities. Please remember, however, that your recreational fire might be distressing or even harmful to neighbors who have asthma or are sensitive to the toxins and fine particle pollution in wood smoke. Allegheny County Health Department regulates open burning as a means of maintaining good air quality. Please follow the rules carefully and be considerate of your neighbors, even if your fire is in compliance.
Mt. Lebanon's regulations for recreational fires follow Allegheny County's guidelines, encouraging everyone to utilize best burning practices to minimize smoke production. http://mtlfd.org/outdoor-fires/ If you think a neighbor is burning illegally or a nearby fire does not meet regulations, call 911. Mt. Lebanon Fire Department will respond and extinguish any fire that does not comply with regulations. If the fire meets all regulations, the resident who is bothered by the smoke needs to file a complaint with Allegheny County regarding air quality. The complaint may be filed via the county health department website http://www.achd.net/air/index.php, where the up-to-date-air quality index and other current information is posted. Or residents may file complaints by calling the county at 412-687-2243.Thank you for your cooperation.