Mesa County Public Health has issued an Open Burn Ban for Monday, April 30 due to gusty winds. The ban includes agricultural burns.

Wind gusts are expected to reach 25 to 35 mph in many areas of western Colorado and eastern Utah, today. Gusty winds can push smoke from an open burn into neighborhoods or schools, causing health problems for residents in those areas.

Residents should also be advised that the winds could pick up dust, causing problems for sensitive groups including those with respiratory illnesses, heart disease, the elderly and children. Those groups should stay indoors and avoid prolonged outdoor exercise or heavy exertion, today.

If you need to clear your yard of open burning materials, consider these alternatives:
• Prepare your yard waste to the Mesa County Organic Materials composting facility at Mesa County Solid Waste, 3071 U.S. Hwy 50. The facility accepts material for composting at no charge, and is open from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, unless a wind advisory is in effect.
• Compost at home. This can improve water retention in your yard or garden.
• Rent or borrow a wood chipper for your tree and shrub trimmings.

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