No burn days, high-pollution advisory through Sunday

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

PHOENIX – A high-pollution advisory has been issued for Phoenix starting New Year’s Eve and will be in effect throughout the weekend.

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality issued the advisory for fine particulate matter pollution from Friday until midnight Sunday. These days will also be considered “No Burn Days.”

Residents must not burn wood in fireplaces or fire pits or engage in any type of outdoor burning.

No Burn Days are meant to prevent adding more pollution to the air when the air quality is expected to approach or surpass the federal health standard.

You are asked to do the following:

-Eliminate wood burning in fireplaces, stoves, chimneys and outdoor fire pits.
-Drive as little as possible, carpool or use public transit systems.
-Do not use leaf blowers.
-Avoid activities that generate dust like driving on dirt roads.

For real-time air quality restrictions go to Clean Air Make More or to report an air quality problem, call 602-372-2703.