Today signals the first official No Burn Day of the Fall and Winter season of 2015-2016 for residents of Arizona. If you live in a climate that receives plenty of rain and snowfall to rid the atmosphere of dangerous pollution and particulates you may not be aware of the term"No Burn Day". Here in the desert Southwest we are all to familiar with this common advisory .
Arizona may be known for it's sunny skies and mild temperatures during the Fall and Winter making the state a popular vacation destination for many Winter visitors as well as families looking to permanently relocate. But what some people don't know about Arizona during this time of year is our High Pollution Advisories. It doesn't rain much here in the Valley of the Sun. Phoenix and the surrounding metro areas sit on the desert floor surrounded by mountains. This creates a bubble affect that can trap all those pollutants in our air that can't escape without the help of rain or wind.
During the winter it is common to have The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) issue a health watch or what's better known around these parts as a "No Burn Day". These are days that the ADEQ says our air quality is unhealthy enough that you are not allowed by law to use any type of wood burning fireplace under penalty of a $250 fine. They will even advise individuals with respiratory problems to remain indoors and suggest the general public limit their outdoor activity as long as the high-pollution advisory is in effect. The Phoenix Metro area and Maricopa County will generally be issued a dozen or more No Burn Days each winter season.
If you plan on venturing outside on a scheduled No Burn Day in Arizona be especially mindful and vigilant. Those that suffer from allergies, breathing disorders, and the elderly are especially at risk during these days. The build up of pollution is at it's worst during mid-day and afternoon so if you must be outdoors on a No Burn Day try and limit your exposure during those times.