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Updated Dec 31, 2013 - 11:09 am

Wood burning barred in Maricopa County on New Year’s Eve

PHOENIX — Higher expected air pollution levels have prompted environmental
regulators to bar people in Maricopa County from starting wood-burning fires

Wood-burning fires at homes and New Year’s fireworks are expected to raise
metro Phoenix’s particulate levels into an unhealthy range.

That expectation prompted regulators to issue a high pollution advisory for both
Tuesday and Wednesday.

Such advisories are issued when particulate matter levels are expected to
exceed federal health standards for air quality.

Inspectors will drive around neighborhoods to seek out violators and respond to
complaints of wood burning.

First-time violators will receive a warning, while repeat offenders can face
fines of up to $250 per violation.

No-burn restrictions include bans on burning wood in fireplaces, outdoor fire
pits and chimineas.

Gas and electric heaters are allowed.

The KTAR Newsroom contributed to this report.


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