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Communications Department 

Diane Arthur-Grialou

Public Information Officer

16000 N. Civic Center Plaza

Surprise, AZ 85374

Direct: 623.222.1422





For Immediate Release



State extends High Pollution Advisory/No Burn Day for Jan. 1


SURPRISE, AZ (December 31, 2009) A PM-2.5 High Pollution Advisory (HPA) has been extended through Friday, January 1, by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. As a result, No Burn Day restrictions will be in effect.

An HPA means the highest concentration of pollution may exceed the federal health standard. Active children, adults and people with lung disease such as asthma should reduce prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion.

PM-2.5 is particulate matter measuring 2.5 microns or less. State and county agencies measure PM-10 and PM-2.5 which are extremely small solid particles and liquid droplets found circulating in the air. This pollution comes from cars, industry, woodburning or dust stirred up into the air.


Light winds and projected warmer daytime temperatures, with clear cool evenings are likely to trap PM close to the surface, triggering the PM-2.5 HPA.


Residents are asked to take the following action during the PM-2.5 HPA:


  • A ban on burning wood, leaves, trash or other materials is in effect during the HPA

·         Off-highway vehicle use is prohibited during the advisory period

·         Leaf blower use is restricted during the advisory period

·         Car pool when possible; reduce trips and refuel after dark


For more information on PM-2.5; PM-10 and ozone pollution visit or   For more information about the Surprise PM-10 Ordinance visit



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