The Mesa County Health Department has issued a No Open Burning Air Watch Alert for Mesa
County, including agricultural burns, Monday, March 21 and Tuesday, March 22.

According to the National Weather Service, winds gusts could reach up to 30 mph today and
tomorrow, which could blow smoke from burns into neighborhoods, causing health problems for

Instead of burning, consider these alternatives:

  • Take 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 4:30 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday. For more
    information, call (970) 263-9319.
  • Compost leaves and grass clippings yourself. This can improve water retention in your
    yard or garden.
  • Rent or borrow a wood chipper for your tree and shrub trimmings. Chipped branches can
    also be good mulch.

Our Air Quality Team will monitor the situation and make adjustments as necessary.

For more information on current air quality conditions, visit