Wood Burning Ban

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Take Action by sending your comments in support of the wintertime wood burning ban to the Division of Air Quality.  Then attend a public hearing in your area to demonstrate your support in person! Review suggested talking points below or read more about why HEAL supports the ban by clicking here.

  • State officials have estimated that eliminating wood burning during inversion season would cut emissions on our average peak bad days significantly, from 37.2 to 35.5 micrograms per cubic meter, which is nearly 5 percent.
  • While wood smoke is worst for the elderly and those with breathing disorders like asthma, research shows that even in young, healthy people, exposure to the particle pollution produced by wood burning causes inflammation of the lungs and decreases lung volume.
  • Even “EPA certified” wood stoves produce a significant amount of pollution, much more so than natural gas. Those “certified” stoves makes as much direct PM2.5 as do 60,000 homes using natural gas, compared to 90,000 for the non-certified ones.
  • Wood smoke is bad for neighbors. The fine particle pollutants from wood burning are so small that they infiltrate even the most well-insulated and weather-stripped homes. Scientific studies have shown that particle pollution levels inside homes reach up to 70% of the pollution levels outdoors.
  • In addition to fine particle pollution and volatile organic compounds (VOC), wood burning also releases hazardous air pollutants (HAPs), such as benzo(a)pyrene, which may cause cancer.

Speak out at a wood burning hearing near you:

Location Date Time
Tooele County Health Department, 151 N Main St., #181, Tooele
1/14/15 (Wed) 4:00PM
Salt Lake City
DEQ Board Room, 195 N 1950 W #1015, SLC
1/15/15 (Thu) 6:00PM
Brigham City
Bear River Health Department, 991 S 800 w, Conference Room B, Brigham City.
1/20/15 (Tue) 11:30AM
Morgan Weber Health Dept., 477 23rd St, Auditorium, Ogden
1/20/15 (Tue) 5:00PM
Historic Court House,199 N Main St, Cache County Council Chambers, Logan
1/21/15 (Wed) 4:00PM
Davis County Administration Building, 61 S Main St, Farmington
1/28/15 (Wed) 10:00AM
Utah County Health Department, 151 S University Avenue, #1600, Provo
1/29/15 (Thu) 11:00AM


  1. We cannot go outside or hardly even open our door without smelling the smoke from all of the wood burning fireplaces in our neighborhood. We can even smell it inside our house it is so bad. It burns our noses and eyes if you stay outside very long. We have known for a long time that it is not healthy. Some people burn on the days that the inversion is bad and it has been listed as no burn. So don’t know if they will even comply with the ban. We would really like to see something done about it. We endorse the ban on wood burning and coal burning in the State. Thank you.

  2. This is another step in the right direction! I fully support the wood burning ban during inversion season. I sometimes see people burning on red inversion days. I want to know what I can do to spread the word to stop wood burning!!! Let me know how I can help!

    • Hi Courtney,
      Thanks for the interest in helping move this campaign forward. Make sure to sign up on HEAL’s volunteer list to receive all action alerts and volunteer opportunities! You can sign up here: healutah.org/get-involved/volunteer

      And plan on attending the wood burning hearing near you to voice your support!

  3. If there is a ban on wood burning stoves from November to March, we would never get to enjoy ours. It would become a conversation piece. Some of us use our stoves as our main source of heat as natural gas prices rise in the winter months. Find another way!

    • Hi Becky – I understand that it can be difficult to think about giving up a cozy wintertime fire, I enjoy them myself. But, that cost must be weighed against the fact that we live in a densely populated urban soup bowl, with a serious air quality problem that seriously effects our health. There are programs in place to help people who use wood as their sole source of heat to convert to natural gas, for free. Any sole source homes would be exempt, along with ceremonial fires.

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