PHOENIX (AP) -- Environmental regulators have issued a ban on burning wood in metro Phoenix on New Year's Eve. The restriction was issued because pollution levels on Wednesday may exceed federal health standards. A no-burn ban has been issued for New Year's Day, too. Smoke from wood-burning fireplaces and smoke from fireworks are expected to worsen air quality. A small team of inspectors will drive around neighborhoods to seek out violators and respond to complaints. First-time violators will receive a warning, while repeat offenders can face fines of up to $250 per violation. Smoke and soot from wood-burning pose risks to people with asthma and other respiratory ailments. Maricopa County also could face fines, lose funding from Washington and require tougher regulations if it's found to violate federal health standards.
ADEQ is issuing a PM 2.5 Health Watch for Dec. 31. MCAQD has issued a #NoBurnDay- avoid using woodburning fireplaces/chimineas/ fire pits.— Arizona DEQ (@ArizonaDEQ) December 30, 2014
ADEQ is issuing a PM 2.5 Health Watch for Dec. 31. MCAQD has issued a #NoBurnDay- avoid using woodburning fireplaces/chimineas/ fire pits.