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Posted on: September 24, 2020

Outdoor fires burning you?


Looking to get rid of those fall leaves quickly by burning them? DON'T!

Open burning is prohibited in Allegheny County except by permit or when it is done in a manner which contributes a negligible amount of air contaminants, meaning:

  • No material other than clean wood, propane, or natural gas may be burned EXCEPT for commercially available fire logs, paraffin logs, or wood pellets
  • Paper or commercial smokeless fire starters for the purposes of starting a fire
  • Charcoal for the preparation of food only
  • Fires may be no larger than 3' wide by 3' long by 2' high.
  • Fires must be at least 15' from the nearest neighbor's dwelling or inhabited area including the property line, roadway, sidewalk, or other public access area

All wood burning activities are prohibited on Air Quality Action days, with the exception of burning for the commercial preparation of food. Sign up to be notified of Air Quality Action days by clicking here

Burning may be considered a nuisance due to the severity of the amount of air pollutants, the duration or frequency of the burning, the topography of the surrounding, or the meteorological conditions.

Also, remember many more people are at home these days due to COVID restrictions. The County has asked that you not burn during this time.

Report a smokey fire or nuisance burning by calling the Allegheny County Health Department's 24-Hour Complaint Line at 412-687-2243 or submitting a complaint online: Air Quality Complaint Form

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