'No burn day' order issued for holiday weekend

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PHOENIX -- The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) has issued a high pollution advisory for Maricopa County this weekend.

"No burn day" restrictions will be in effect for Saturday and Sunday. Restrictions include a ban on wood-burning activity, including fireplaces, fire pits and open outdoor burning.

Upcoming weather changes and historical air quality data prompted the advisory. 

"ADEQ uses knowledge of upcoming weather conditions along with historic trends to predict possible air pollution concerns in the near future," said ADEQ Air Quality Division Director Eric Massey.  "A high pressure system is expected to slowly transition into the area this weekend.  History has shown that during this time of year we can expect air pollution to quickly accumulate under these conditions, leading us to issue a High Pollution Advisory for Saturday and Sunday."

ADEQ recommends that children and adults with respiratory problems avoid outdoor activities on Saturday and Sunday, and suggests the general public limit outdoor activity throughout the day.

For more information about Maricopa County's initiate to promote cleaner air and healthier lives, visit http://www.cleanairmakemore.com.