Phoenix still smells like smoke from a mulch fire, but the air quality isn't bad

By Lauren Gilger
Published: Tuesday, June 6, 2023 - 11:15am
Updated: Tuesday, June 6, 2023 - 11:27am

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Mesa mulch fire
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A mulch fire near Sossaman and Elliott Roads in Mesa on May 31, 2023.

A lot of us here in the Valley have been walking outside this week and smelling smoke. You’re not imaging that burning smell — but it may not be cause for concern.

It all started May 31 when a large mulch fire erupted at a recycling plant in Mesa. It burned for days, and lots of people are worried about poor air quality as a result.

To try to quell our concerns, The Show spoke to Matt Pace, meteorologist with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.

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