Possible dust levels have prompted the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality to issue a high pollution advisory for Friday.
This advisory is being issued because a dry cold front Friday is expected to produce winds in the 30 mph to 40 mph range in the Valley. That, coupled with no significant rain for more than two months, is expected to generate blowing dust in the area.
“A high pollution advisory for PM-10 means all people, especially sensitive populations such as children, those with respiratory problems and the elderly, need to minimize their exposure,” states Maricopa County Air Quality Department Director Bill Wiley. “In addition we should do our part in reducing dust generating activities including leaf blowers and driving on dirt roads or vacant lots.”
As a result, the Maricopa County Air Quality Department is enforcing the mandatory “No Burn Day” restriction for Maricopa County from midnight to midnight Friday. Businesses conducting dust-generating operations are urged to be vigilant in their dust control measures.
ADEQ recommends that children and adults with respiratory problems avoid outdoor activities on Sunday and suggests the general public limit outdoor activity throughout the day.