High pollution advisory leads to No Burn Day over New Year's

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PHOENIX - The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has issued a high pollution advisory for Thursday heading into New year's Day.

Clear skies and cool nighttime temperatures on New Year's Eve will trap pollutants and result in poor air quality.

There are No Burn Day restrictions in place for homes and businesses, including those that have burn permits for open burning.

“This is the second week in a row where we have faced wood burning restrictions,” said Maricopa County Air Quality Department Director Lawrence Odle.  “Unfortunately, over the Christmas holiday, we saw an increase in wood burning activity and our air quality exceeded the federal health limit.  This time we need everyone to do their part and not use their fireplace during the restriction period.”

ADEQ recommends that children and adults with respiratory problems avoid outdoor activities on Friday.

ADEQ recommends driving less and taking public transportation or car pooling. Also avoid using gas-powered lawn and garden equipment and activities that generate dust.