When [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Mel Torme[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Bob Wells[/lastfm] wrote “The Christmas Song” back in 1944, they must not have been aware of No-Burn Days! There will be no chestnuts roasting on an open fire tomorrow in the Valley. Maybe you can microwave them.
(Courtesy of Shaun McKinnon – Arizona Republic)
Maricopa County has declared Friday, Christmas Eve, a no-burn day as forecasters say a shift in the weather will create ideal conditions for the buildup of unhealthful haze.
A no-burn day means no fires in wood-burning fireplaces, fire pits or chimneys and applies to wood and manufactured logs. Violating the ban can result in fines of up to $250.
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality said a high-pollution advisory and a second no-burn day could be issued for Saturday, Christmas Day, because of stagnant air and the possibility that many people may still burn fires on Friday. Maricopa County declared Christmas Eve a no-burn day last year. Air-monitoring stations still exceeded the federal standard for fine particle pollution the day after, suggesting many people lit holiday fires anyway.