Fireplaces, Wood Stoves and Wood Stove Inserts
Between November 1 and March 1 each year, Washington County will issue a daily air quality advisory.
- On “Yellow” air days residents will be asked to avoid burning wood
- On “Red” air days residents will be prohibited from burning
On "RED" days, the following exemptions apply:
- To households that rely on wood burning as their only source of heat
- To households that qualify as low-income
- When there is an interruption in utility service (electricity or natural gas)
- When a household's primary heating system is temporarily not working (no more than 120 days)
The ordinance does not:
- Restrict the use of pellet stoves
- Restrict burning between March 2 and October 31
Air Quality Status
To find out when air quality is in "yellow" or "red" status:
- Sign up for daily alerts via email, text or phone call at www.publicalerts.org.
To sign up:
1. Register on the "Community Notification Enrollment" form
2. Select "Air Quality and Wood Burning Alerts" under "Additional Notifications"
3. Select how you would like to be notified
- Call the Washington County Air Quality Hotline at 503-846-8744.
- Radio, TV and news outlets will be notified of "Red" air quality days so alerts should be announced on local radio and TV stations.
Wood Stove Exchange Program
Older and non-certified wood stoves and wood stove inserts are inefficient, dirty and can pollute the air inside your home and in your neighborhood. If you use one of these old stoves , we can help you replace it with a new heating system for little or no cost.
Washington County is now offering rebates of $1,500-$3,500 (some households will qualify for a FREE replacement, based on income) when you replace your old wood stove or insert with one of the following:
- Electric ductless heat pump
- Gas stove or insert
- Pellet stove or insert
- Gas furnace
- EPA certified wood stove or wood stove insert (only available to households who are eligible for a free replacement).