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County to suspend issuance of Open Burn Permits
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Starting April 1, Pinal County Air Quality will only issue 3-day open burning permits. This year’s more frequent winter rains contributed to wildflower, brush, and native plant growth, which will soon dry. The annual cycle of rising temperatures will quickly dry seasonal vegetation, leading to an acute wildfire risk in the desert and upland areas of the County. Wildfires threaten public safety and the resulting smoke threatens public health. All permits will expire by May 1, 2009. Pinal County will suspend the issuance of open burning permits on April 29, 2009.
“The suspension will continue until the summer monsoons arrive and mitigate the dual risks to public safety and public health,” says Don Gabrielson, Director of Pinal County’s Air Quality program.
Additional information on the Pinal County Air Quality program can be found on the County website: www.pinalcountyaz.gov or by calling the Pinal County Air Quality Division at (520) 866-6929.
As of April 1, 2009, Pinal County Air Quality will only issue 3-day open burning permits. All permits will expire by May 1, 2009.
Pinal County Air Quality will suspend the issuance of all open burning permits starting April 29, 2009 and continuing until further notice.