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Health watch restricts burning in Phoenix area

PHOENIX -- Stagnant cool weather in the Valley is prompting Maricopa County air-quality officials to enforce mandatory restrictions against burning.

The state Department of Environmental Quality has issued a health watch alert for Tuesday because of high levels of fine particles such as smoke from wood fires.

According to county officials, the restrictions include a ban on burning wood in fireplaces, stoves, chimineas and outdoor fire pits.

Air-quality officials also advise residents to drive as little as possible, to avoid using gasoline-powered lawn and garden equipment and to not do things that stir up dust, such as driving on dirt roads.

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