Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) has extended the April 16 Open Burn Ban until further notice due to another day of high winds. The ban includes agricultural burns. MCPH will notify the public when the Open Burn Ban is lifted.

Wind speeds are expected to increase to 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 55 mph, today. High 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.

Open burn permits are valid throughout the burn season, which ends May 31. Residents who wish to burn today will still have the opportunity to do so until season-end.

If you need to clear your yard of open burning materials today, consider these alternatives:

  • 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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