Regulations for Solid Fuel Burning Devices
These regulations cover Box Elder, Cache, Davis, Salt Lake, Tooele, Utah, and Weber Counties and include fireplaces and wood, pellet, and coal burning stoves.
Winter inversions trap microscopic particles called PM2.5 in the air. The use of solid fuel burning devices, such as fireplaces wood, pellet, and coal burning stoves contributes PM2.5 emissions to the atmosphere. Winter inversions cannot be controlled, so PM2.5 emissions must be reduced during inversion periods to meet National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).
The Division of Air Quality operates air monitoring equipment to measure the concentration of PM2.5 in the atmosphere. This information, with weather forecasting and computer modeling is used to determine the action level for solid fuel burning devices. The following chart explains the three action levels.
The three action levels affect all residents living in the following areas:
- All regions of Salt Lake and Davis counties.
- All portions of the Cache Valley.
- All regions in Weber and Utah counties west of the Wasatch mountain range.
- In Box Elder County, from the Wasatch mountain range west to the Promontory mountain range and south of Portage.
- In Tooele County, from the northernmost part of the Oquirrh mountain range to the northern most part of the Stansbury mountain range and north of Route 199.
The current action level is reported twice daily to local media outlets (newspapers, TV, and radio stations). You can also find the action level on our Website and register to receive Email air quality alerts.
Contact the Division of Air Quality with questions or complaints:
- Call (801) 536-4000
- Division of Air Quality
General air quality information.
- Stationary Source Compliance Electronic Complaint Form
File an online complaint.
- Three Day Forecast
Current air quality conditions, three day forecast, and trend charts.