Stagnant air brings pollution alert for Tuesday

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality in Phoenix has issued a fine particle high pollution advisory for the greater Phoenix area for Tuesday.

This means that ongoing stagnant weather conditions combined with existing airborne fine particle levels may result in local fine particle concentrations that pose a health risk. Adverse health effects increase as air quality deteriorates.

Fine particulate matter -- also known as PM-2.5 -- is an air contaminant that can aggravate heart and lung disease conditions, especially in older adults, children and those with asthma. A decrease in physical activity is recommended.

Tuesday is a no burn day. Fireplace use and outdoor burning is prohibited. Consolidate your travel and avoid using gas-powered lawn equipment.

For details on this high pollution advisory for Maricopa County, visit www.azdeq.gov or call 602-771-2367 for recorded forecast information.