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Brown Bag Series December Event

No Burn Day; fireplace and woodburning restrictions

The Maricopa County Air Quality Department announces its next Brown Bag series event for 2011 will be held on Tuesday, December 13 at 12:00 p.m. at the department’s offices, 1001 N. Central Ave., Phoenix.

Topic:  No Burn Day fireplace and woodburning restrictions


Presenter:  Compliance Staff from Maricopa County Air Quality Department

Topic Outline

Last year during the holiday season, our region experienced an air quality emergency.  On Christmas Eve 2010, the fine-particle (PM 2.5) pollution Air Quality Index reading of 125 (unhealthy for sensitive groups) exceeded the national air quality standard of 100.  The next day, the Air Quality Index reached 161 (unhealthy).  On January 1, 2011 the Air Quality Index high reading registered was 170 – again, solidly in the unhealthy category.  These levels pose a serious air quality concern.  The good news as we head into winter pollution season is this is a type of pollution we can easily control.


The combination of a temperature inversion, which keeps pollutants trapped close to the ground, and thousands of woodburning fires result in poor air quality. Woodburning restrictions are imposed by the department when air quality and weather conditions indicate we may reach or exceed the air quality limit for fine particulates. 


Hotels, restaurants and residences face the possibility of penalties for woodburning on declared No Burn Days.  Join us to learn more about this problem, no-burn notices, and the department’s compliance approach. 


RSVP requested

The Brown Bag is open to the public at no charge.  Please RSVP to attend this brown bag session to Ombudsman/SBA Ken Hooker by e-mail: or by phone (602) 506-5102.


Maricopa County Air Quality Department, 1001 N. Central Ave., 5th floor classroom.
Our offices are located on the northeast corner of Central Avenue and Roosevelt in downtown Phoenix.  Visitor parking is available in the white, three-story parking garage next to our building.  Once parked, enter the building and take the elevator to the 5th floor.




About Maricopa County Air Quality Department


The Maricopa County Air Quality Department is a regulatory agency whose goal is to ensure federal clean air standards are achieved and maintained for the residents and visitors of Maricopa County. The department is governed by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and follows air quality standards set forth by the federal Clean Air Act.


The department offers air quality information and resources on its Clean Air Make More website.  Visit to learn more.


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