chestnuts roasting on an open fire No Roasting Your Chestnuts!

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 McKinnonArizona 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.


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