KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Klamath County Public Health (KCPH) officials announce the seasonal Air Quality Advisory for woodstove heating will begin Sunday, October 15, and will end on March 15, 2024.
According to KCPH Environmental Health Administrator Lance Lindow, “Residents within the air quality zone (AQZ) help reduce local air pollution from woodstoves and fireplaces by using information provided by Klamath County Public Health. During more extreme events of air stagnation, agencies and residents outside the AQZ are also involved in the reduction of pollution by reducing or restricting burning in their area.”
To know when to burn, call 541-882-BURN (2876), visit airquality.klamathcounty.org, or https://www.facebook.com/KlamathBasinAirQuality, or check the air quality message board at the Fairgrounds. Daily information is available after 8:30 a.m.
Below is a color-coded guide to assist in determining whether wood heating is allowed within the AQZ:
- Green: All woodstoves, pellet stoves and fireplaces may be used inside and outside the air quality zone. Outdoor burning is allowed outside the air quality zone. Check with your local fire district prior to burning. Use only seasoned dry wood.
- Yellow: Only certified woodstoves, pellet stoves, and fireplace inserts may be used inside the air quality zone. Individuals with approved exemptions may use their wood burning heat source inside the air quality zone. Use only seasoned dry wood.
- Red: Only pellet stoves may be used inside the air quality zone. Individuals with approved exemptions may use their wood burning heat source inside the air quality zone. Use only seasoned dry wood. Outdoor burning is prohibited countywide.
- Red health alert: Only pellet stoves may be used inside the air quality zone. Exemptions are void inside the air quality zone. All Klamath County residents, inside and outside the air quality zone, are encouraged to use a non-wood burning source of heat. Outdoor burning is prohibited countywide.
Klamath County is in the process of updating the Air Quality Ordinance for the Klamath Falls-area Air Quality Zone. The changes make the ordinance simple to understand with only three burning-related options: burning allowed, exempt woodburning devices only, and no burning allowed. See the draft at Chapter-406-Air-Quality-Ordinance-DRAFT (klamathcounty.org). When approved it will be in effect for the 2024-25 advisory season. If you would like to share your thoughts about the new ordinance, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The air quality zone, non-attainment area, can be seen on the map below. Through the ordinance and the cooperation of local residents, the greater Klamath Falls-area is moving beyond air pollution non-attainment into an era of cleaner air for everyone.
For more information, call Klamath County Public Health at 541-883-1122.