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Smoke created from wood burning can be a significant source of air pollution and can have serious health consequences for those with asthma, respiratory or heart conditions, or other illnesses. Children and the elderly are especially at risk. DEQ has developed the statewide woodstove program to promote the use of cleaner burning woodstoves, and help homeowners burn more efficiently and with less pollution. Your community may have additional rules governing the use of woodstoves and fireplaces. Check with your city or county government to ask about local wood smoke ordinances.

DEQ's Heat Smart Program is available for those buying or selling woodstoves.

Fact Page: Buying or Selling a Home With a Woodstove or Fireplace Insert

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My neighbor's wood smoke is affecting my health.

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PSU residential wood burning survey

Residential Wood Combustion Survey: Results Report

The Portland State University Survey Research Lab (SRL) conducted a telephone survey of Oregonians' behaviors associated with residential wood burning between March 5 and March 14, 2009. The SRL simultaneously conducted a random statewide survey and oversamples of four specific Oregon communities (Klamath Falls, Lakeview, Medford, and the Burns/Hines/Paiute Tribe boundary area). A total of 1,298 respondents completed the survey, with 1,036 respondents from throughout the state and 262 respondents from the oversamples.

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