Residential Fireplaces and Burning

Wood burning is regulated when pollution levels rise because the process of burning wood can produce fine particulate matter that can be harmful to your lungs. It can also produce carbon monoxide and other toxins that can harm your health.

The Maricopa County Air Quality Department regulates the use of wood burning in residential fireplaces, wood stoves and outdoor burning devices during periods of high particulate matter (dust), carbon monoxide or ozone pollution, when air quality monitoring or forecasting indicates that air quality standards are likely to be exceeded. (See County Ordinance P-26).

For more information, see the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Burn Wise site or their Residential Wood Heaters site. The EPA also has a list of EPA-certified wood stoves.

Burn Restriction Advisories

To receive burn restrictions advisories:

How to Report a Violation

Use one of our online complaint form or call 602-372-2703. The phone line is available Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Voice mail is available after business hours.)


Fines range from $50 up to $250 depending on the number of wood burning violations an individual receives per year.

Page reviewed 29 March 2019