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Outdoor Open Burning Prohibition

Woodsmoke Control and PM2.5 Nonattainment Areas

Open Burning is prohibited November 1 - March 31 in:

Statewide Regulations 18 AAC 50.065 - Open Burning

  • DEC may prohibit open burning during Air Quality Episodes - check the episode announcement (18 AAC 50.245 & 246).
  • DEC prohibits Open Burning in affected areas during Air Quality Advisories year round. Link to: Air Quality Advisories / Episodes
  • Black smoke is prohibited.
  • For a list of materials that cannot be open burned, see page 8 of the Open Burning Policy & Guidelines (PDF)

What is Open Burning?

Open burning is any burning activity where smoke is emitted directly into the ambient air without passing through a stack or other vent.

Regulatory Definition (18 AAC 50.990(65)):

  • "Open Burning" means the burning of a material that results in the products of combustion being emitted directly into the ambient air without passing through a stack, flare, vent, or other opening of an emission unit from which an air pollutant could be emitted;

Examples of Open Burning include:

  • Burn Barrels
  • Debris Disposal
  • Slash Pile Burning
  • Land Clearing
  • Firefighter Training

Open Burning does not include:

  • Hand Built Campfires
    • < 3 ft Diameter
    • Used for Cooking, Warmth, Lighting, Ceremonies, or Aesthetic Purposes
    • Not Used for Debris Disposal
  • Barbecues
  • Ceremonial Fires
  • Candles
  • Cigars, Pipes, or Cigarettes
  • Celebratory Fireworks

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