The City of Phoenix works to promote healthy outdoor air for all citizens. The City commits by 2050 that we will achieve a level of air quality that is healthy for humans and the natural environment. This includes out performing all federal standards and achieving a visibility index of good or excellent on 90% of days or more. (Depending on the year, Phoenix currently achieves this good or excellent visibility rating on 70-80% of days.)
What we are doing to reduce dust:
- Paving and stabilization of streets, lots and alleys
- Enforcing dust code violations (Phoenix City Codes 23-85.01B1&(3-4), 24-51, 36-145A)
- Collaborating with regional partners to promote healthy air in the valley
What you can do to reduce dust:
- Avoid using lawn mowers and leaf blowers over dusty areas
- Never use a leaf blower to blow debris out of truck beds or trailers or into the streets
- Prevent unwanted vehicle access to vacant lots and areas with landscaping, fencing, signs or berms
- Don't drive on road shoulders except in emergencies
- Report violations to the Phoenix Police Department at 602-262-6151
In Phoenix, a combination of wood burning and stagnant weather conditions can create poor air quality during the winter season. In an effort to reduce smoke produced by wood-burning, the Maricopa County Air Quality Department offers residents programs encouraging alternatives to wood burning.
The Maricopa County Fireplace Retrofit Program retrofits existing wood-burning fireplaces to gas. You must be in the program boundaries to apply. The program boundaries are Baseline Road to Northern Avenue and 59th Avenue to 16th Street.
The Propane Fire Pit Program gives Maricopa County residents a $75 voucher to buy a propane fire pit at participating Home Depot stores.
Both of these programs allow you to burn on No Burn Days as they provide zero-emission alternatives to wood burning.
Is today a no burn day? Check below for the current status.