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Updated Dec 10, 2013 - 8:01 am

Arizona officials to announce no-burn campaign

PHOENIX — Maricopa County and state officials are set to kick off the
“Don’t Burn Wood on No Burn Days” campaign aimed at protecting public health
and keeping in compliance with federal air quality standards.

The Maricopa County Air Quality Department and the Arizona Department of
Environmental Quality are set to make the announcement Thursday.

Officials said smoke from wood-burning fireplaces and outdoor burning poses
serious health risks to the elderly, children with asthma and others with
respiratory illnesses.

Maricopa County also risked falling out of compliance with federal health
standards for air pollution limits. If the county doesn’t comply with the
standards, it may face costly federal regulations.

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