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Environmental regulators issue high pollution advisory Sunday for metro Phoenix

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PHOENIX — A cold front that is expected to lead to more wood-burning fires has prompted environmental regulators to issue a high pollution advisory for fine particulate matter Sunday in metro Phoenix.

The Maricopa County Air Quality Department is also enforcing restrictions on burning for the entire weekend. Inspectors will also be out in the community making sure the restrictions are being followed.

The no-burn ban also applies to individuals and businesses with burn permits for open burning.

Regulators say children and adults with respiratory issues should avoid outdoor activities.

Other recommended steps include driving as little as possible and avoiding the use of a fireplace and wood stove.

High pollution advisories are issued when particulate matter levels are expected to exceed federal health standards for air quality.

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