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Wood Burning Restrictions

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Arvada Wood Burning Restrictions

Arvada limits indoor wood burning devices’ smoke emissions to 20% or less, except during start up and shut down. Call 720-898-7640 to report violations of this opacity limit.


What is 20% Opacity? 

Illustration of opacity levels


Source: Washington State Dept. of Ecology











Colorado Wood Burning Restrictions

The entire City of Arvada is within the State’s wood burning restriction area.


When are wood burning restrictions in place?

Wood burning is restricted on Action Days (high pollution days), except residents who have an EPA or State certified wood stove or insert. 

What are Action Days?

The State determines days with poor air quality as Action Days. Only residents with an EPA or State certified wood burning stove can burn on an Action Day. 

How can I find out if I can burn?

Between November 1st and March 31st, call the State Air Quality Hotlines at 303-758-4848 or 303-782-0211 to find out if it is an Action Day. If it is an Action Day, then an EPA or State Certified stove is needed. The State issues Action Days daily at 4:00 p.m.

How do I know if I have an EPA or State certified wood stove or insert? 

Go to or call the City at 720-898-7811 to verify you have an EPA Certified Stove. All new wood stoves and inserts sold today in Colorado are EPA or State certified units.

How can I report someone wood burning?

Please call the City at 720-898-7640 if you want to report someone who is burning on an Action Day or who exceeds the 20% opacity limit. 

Air Quality Information

For more information on air quality, go to the State Air Quality website at

Outdoor Wood Burning Information

For information on Outdoor Wood Burning, contact the Arvada Fire Protection District during normal business hours, Monday – Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm at 303-424-3012.