What is an Arizona No Burn Day?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Zion Realty

Arizona is known for it's sunny skies and mild temperatures during the fall and winter making the state a popular vacation destination for many winter visitors as well as families looking to permanently relocate. But what most people don't know about Arizona during the winter is our High Pollution Advisories. Rainfall is responsible for helping knock out particulates and pollution in the air, however, it doesn't rain much here in the Valley of the Sun. Phoenix and the surrounding metro areas sit on the desert floor surrounded by mountains. This creates a bubble affect that can trap all those pollutants in our air that can't escape without the help of rain or wind. 

During the winter it is common to have The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) issue a health watch or what's better known around these parts as a "No Burn Day". These are days that the ADEQ says our air quality is unhealthy enough that you are not allowed by law to use any type of wood burning fireplace under penalty of a $250 fine. They will even advise individuals with respiratory problems remain indoors and suggest the general public limit their outoor activity as long as the high-pollution advisory is in effect. The Phoenix Metro area and Maricopa County will generally be issued a dozen or more No Burn Days each winter season.  


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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow Nicole Doty,  I figure we only had that in Denver.  This happens so I do not use my woodburning fireplace  much.  Hope you have a great New Year Eve and a record year in 2015!!!

Dec 30, 2014 11:45 PM #1
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

"Burn" days are strictly controlled in Loudoun County Virginia. 

We don't have the serious pallution problem experienced in some, the state/county is very strict. 

I had a lovely fire going in the fireplace early this a.m.  I'd rather burn a bit of wood than electricity.

Dec 30, 2014 11:47 PM #2
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

We are so dry here, it is always sad to see the fires on the news, especially when people's homes are affected.  A little bit of rain today to ring in the New Year though!

Dec 31, 2014 12:00 AM #3
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Nicole -- we had some rain and even some light dusting of snow in some of our areas yesterday, hopefully it's working its way towards you.  Happy New Year's Eve.

Dec 31, 2014 12:23 AM #4
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning Nicole,

The few times when in Arizona were nice days except for the day it rained at the Grand Canyon.

Time to get the fireplace ready for a nice fire this evening.

Make yourself a great day.

May you have a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

Dec 31, 2014 12:24 AM #5
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Nicole- unfortunately, we have some similar days here as well.  Not too many but enough to alert those with respiratory issues to stay inside. 

Dec 31, 2014 01:05 AM #6
Bob Ratliff
Robert Ratliff Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Bob"

Nicole, we have those so called "no burn days", no mowing etc.

Usually during our hot summer months...

Have a safe Happy New Year 2015

Dec 31, 2014 01:49 AM #7
John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

We have similar days here in SoCal.  I find it really sad that it's necessary based on what we've done to the environment - it's amazing how things clear up after a good rain, hopefully we'll see more of it soon.

Dec 31, 2014 01:50 AM #8
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Good information to have, Nicole. It bums me out that we have these issues - clean air should be something we can all take for granted. :(

On another note, Have a wonderful and safe - New Year's Eve. 

Dec 31, 2014 02:40 AM #9
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

That's a very simple explanation of an Arizona No Burn Day, with the reasoning behind it as well.

Dec 31, 2014 02:50 AM #10
Erin Bates
CMG Financial and Expansion Marketing Services - Aurora, CO

We have no burn days here in Colorado in the winter months, but I can't imagine Arizona folks burning their fireplaces.  Intersting!!!

Dec 31, 2014 03:33 AM #11
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Nicole - We also suffer from inversions here, and have no burn days - those along with oxygenated fuels and a prohibition against woodburning fireplaces in new construction have really made a difference over the last 15 years or so - it used to be a lot worse. Have a safe and happy New Year's!

Dec 31, 2014 04:09 AM #12
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


The no burning makes a lot of sense.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Dec 31, 2014 11:05 AM #13
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Happy New Year from your friends in Maryland!

Make every day your best day in the new year.

Dec 31, 2014 11:52 PM #14
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert - In El Dorado County we have to call before burning. The risk of fires spreading is a concern but the air quality is the ultimate determination of being a permissive day.

Jan 01, 2015 02:24 PM #15
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