Check for No Burn Day restrictions before lighting up those logs
Nobody dreams of a hazy, brown Christmas, but that ends up being the case when Valley residents ignore No Burn Day restrictions and light up their wood burning fireplaces during the holidays.
During the winter months, Maricopa County has higher levels of air pollution caused by wood burning smoke, which puts it at risk of not meeting federal health standards.
“More people get together and use their wood-burning fireplaces this time of year,” said Bob Huhn, spokesman for the Maricopa County Air Quality Department. “A lot of people do bonfires, too, and that really adds to it. Even one fire can affect the concentration levels.”
The standard is based on a three-year period, and PM-2.5 smoke levels were borderline high in 2011 and 2012, Huhn said.