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Wood Burning

Indoor Wood Burning

Arvada limits indoor wood burning devices’ smoke emissions to 20% or less, except during start up and shut down. 

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When are Restrictions in Place?

Wood burning is restricted on Action Days (high pollution days) as determined by the State of Colorado. Only residents with an EPA or State certified wood burning stove can burn on an Action Day. Between November 1 and March 31, call the State Air Quality Hotlines at 303-758-4848 or 303-782-0211 after 4 p.m. or visit to find out if it is an Action Day.

Do I Have an EPA Certified Wood Stove or Insert?

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


Call 720-898-7640 to report violations of indoor wood burning restrictions.

Open Burning (Outdoors)

Generally, any time you light a fire outdoors, you are open burning. In Colorado, open burning may be regulated at both the state and local levels.

Who Is the Source for Open Burn Info?

In Arvada, open burning information, regulations and enforcement are handled through the Arvada Fire Protection District (AFPD). You may contact them at 303-424-3012.

 Are Fire Pits, Chimineas, etc. Allowed?

Recreational Fires MAY be allowed under specific conditions. View AFPD's general Open Burning Regulations.

 Is the Burning of Waste Allowed?

The burning of waste is NOT permitted without an Open Burn Permit. For permit information visit Jefferson County Public Health.