PHOENIX - The pollution that obscures portions of metro Phoenix's skyline during the holiday season has prompted regulators to bar people from using wood-burning fireplaces and fire pits through Christmas day.
No-burn days have been called on Saturday through Tuesday because air pollution levels are expected to either approach or exceed federal health standards. Violators run the risk of being ticketed.
Gas and electric heaters are allowed.
Over the years, such restrictions have been ordered when stagnant air and winter temperature inversions trap pollution close to the ground.
As many as 10 inspectors will respond to complaints of wood burning.
First-time violators will get warnings, while repeat offenders can face fines up to $250 per violation.
Smoke and soot from wood-burning pose risks to people with asthma and other respiratory ailments.