Environmental Health

Contact Us

  • Phone: 970-328-9813
    Fax: 970-328-8788

    Environmental Health
    P.O. Box 179
    500 Broadway
    Eagle, Colorado 81631-0179 


Outdoor Air

For current statewide air quality forecasts, check Colorado's Air Quality Index.

Wood Burning
Eagle County's Wood Burning Regulations became effective February 1, 1992. The regulations are focused on limiting the number of wood burning devices in new construction based on zone district densities. Dwellings are limited to one new technology wood burning device per unit in most zone districts. A new technology device is one which has undergone an EPA test demonstrating that the emissions meet or exceed those which are required to obtain wood stove certification.

Information from the EPA on the Effects of Wood Smoke tho Your Health and to the Environment:

Smoke may smell good, but it's not good for you. The biggest health threat from smoke is from fine particles, also called fine particulate matter or PM2.5. These microscopic particles can get into your eyes and respiratory system, where they may cause burning eyes, runny nose, and illnesses, such as bronchitis. Fine particles can make asthma symptoms worse and trigger asthma attacks. Fine particles can also trigger heart attacks, stroke, irregular heart rhythms, and heart failure, especially in people who are already at risk for these conditions. Learn more about the health and environmental effects of fine particles.

The particles in wood smoke can reduce visibility (haze) and create environmental and aesthetic damage in our communities and scenic areas – like national parks.  

Approved Devices:

EPA Certified Wood Stoves and Air Emissions Requirements for New Residential Wood Heaters

If you want to upgrade an existing wood burning unit to a new technology device, you will find that changing to new technologies saves you money in the long run while improving air quality. Learn how to Burn Wood Better

Open Burning
An Open Burning Permit is required in order to burn rubbish, waste paper, wood, or other flammable material on any open premises, or on any public street, alley, or other land adjacent to such premises according to CDPHE Regulations. Open burning permits are issued by the Wildfire Mitigation Office and can be obtained by contacting Eric Lovgren at 970-328-8742.

Fugitive Dust
Fugitive dust is a type of nonpoint source air pollution - small airborne particles that do not originate from a specific point such as a gravel quarry or grain mill. Fugitive dust originates in small quantities over large areas such as unpaved roads, cropland and construction sites. Anyone who disturbs five acres or more during land development must obtain a permit from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Air Pollution Control Division. All developers are required to use reasonable controls such as watering to prevent fugitive emissions. If complaints are received about dust coming from smaller parcels, a fugitive dust control plan may be required by this department.