Reduce Wood Smoke

9. Reduce Wood Smoke

Tacoma and much of Pierce County is one of only 32 areas in the country that doesn't meet federal health standards for air quality.

Wood smoke plays a large part in this pollution problem in our region. In 2009, an area Smoke Reduction Zone was designated and new programs implemented to make our region healthier. Burn ban enforcement has significantly increased in the Smoke Reduction Zone.

Did you know burning a manufactured log in your fireplace is up to 5 times cleaner than burning wood?

There currently is money available to get rid of your old wood stove or upgrade to a modern heating system. To learn more about the details go here.

To avoid getting a ticket for burning illegally during a burn ban simply signup for text or email alerts here.

Wood burning during a burn ban may result in a fine, with fines reaching up to $1,000. Increased enforcement and night patrols will increase the likelihood of violators receiving substantial fines this season. The removal and replacement of old wood stoves will also help the region meet air quality standards. To learn more about our wood smoke problem go to