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Homeowners, renters and businesses in Multnomah County cannot use wood stoves, fireplaces or any outdoor wood burning devices (except for cooking) on days when the air quality is forecasted to be poor.

Multnomah County's seasonal wood burning ordinance is in effect through March 1. Homeowners, renters and businesses in Multnomah County cannot use wood stoves, fireplaces or any outdoor wood burning devices (except for cooking) on days when the air quality is forecasted to be poor. The rule helps protect people who are most vulnerable to poor air quality — children, seniors and those with asthma and other serious breathing conditions. The rule also helps keep the Portland region in compliance with air quality rules.

The ordinance doesn't apply if wood is the household's sole source of heat or the household income is 60 percent or less than the Oregon median income. There are several other situations in which the rule can be waived. Visit https://multco.us/health/staying-healthy/wood-smoke-pollution for details.

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