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Some in Phoenix fired up over no fines for illegal burns

Siren Generic
Posted at 6:45 AM, Dec 25, 2019

PHOENIX - Some residents in Arizona's most populous county are fed up with what they say is a lack of consequences for illegal burning.

There have been thousands of complaints about illegal bonfires and similar events since Maricopa County started declaring "no-burn days" in 2014 to prevent smoke pollution.

Yet the Arizona Republic reports that inspectors have only issued 136 citations or warnings. Around half were for no-burn day violations. None of had fines attached.

Inspectors say more than 900 of the complaints over the years are related to no-burn days. An analysis by the Arizona Republic found another 780 complaints that were submitted on days particulate pollution was up.