City and Borough of Juneau
155 S. Seward Street
Juneau, Alaska 99801
tel. 907-586-5240
fax 907-586-5385

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Division of Lands and Resources

Air Quality - Open Burning



Call the air pollution hotline for up-to-date information regarding the Mendenhall Valley's air quality

Enforcement - Juneau Police Department - 586-0600

Please call JPD if you notice active burning and/or wood smokeoccuring during an Air Emergency

Further Information - City Managers Office - 586-5252

Updated Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 6:12 pm


Air Emergencies

The CBJ Lands and Resources Division begins monitoring the Mendenhall Valley's air quality from October 1st through April 30th.


An air emergency will be announced through press releases, advertising, and by utilizing the11 neon yellow air emergency signs in the Valley when air particulate levels reach, or are currently at, an unhealthy level and weather conditions will not clear the air.



During an air emergency, all woodstove burning is prohibited until further notice as outlined in CBJ's ordinance 2008-28 regarding solid fuel-fired burning devices. Pellet Stoves are exempt from the wood stove regulations and can burn at any time, however masonary heaters cannot be used during an air emergency.


Air Emergency Sign Location Map

Detailed Map  - Mendenhall Valley Smoke Hazard Area

Wood Smoke Hazard Map 2


Open Burning

All open burning is prohibited in the Mendenhall Valley and Lemon Creek area from October 1st through April 30th. Please use the below permit application for open burning between May 1st-November 1st.

Open Burn Permit Application (May 1-November 1)

Open Burning Restriction Zone Map



Monitoring the Mendenhall Valley’s air quality would not be possible without the collaboration and support of the Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Air Quality team and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Juneau Forecast Office who collect and interpret the data. Additional partnerships are with the Juneau Police Department, who enforce the air emergencies and burn bans, and the CBJ Clerks Office, which has posted when air emergencies are in effect or cancelled on the CBJ Facebook.



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