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RED FLAG WARNING: No Burn Advisory 1 p.m.-9 p.m. 4/14/2021

RED FLAG WARNING: No Burn Advisory 1 p.m.-9 p.m. 4/14/2021

NO BURN ADVISORY DUE TO RED FLAG WARNING

 

Mesa County Public Health has issued a no-burn advisory on April 14, 2021, from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. due to a Red Flag Warning. The combination of gusty winds, low relative humidity, and dry fuels will result in critical fire weather conditions. 

 

Conditions are not appropriate for burning of any kind, including agricultural burning. 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 4:15 p.m. Wednesday- Saturday. For more information, call (970) 263-9319. 
    • Please note the Mesa County Landfill is required to close during periods of high winds. If you plan on visiting the Composting Facility on a windy day, please call 241-6846 prior to coming out to ensure the facility is open.
  • 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.

 

For information on current air quality conditions and to learn if it’s OK to burn, visit our website

 

Spring Burn Season Begins March 1

Spring Burn Season Begins March 1

With the support of local fire chiefs, on March 1, 2021, the Spring Burn Season will return. Last Spring, Mesa County’s Open Burn Season was suspended and ultimately canceled due to resource and air quality concerns from the COVID-19 pandemic. In the Fall of 2020 after a historic wildfire season, including the Pine Gulch Fire, a burn ban remained in effect due to significant wildfire risk canceling the Fall Open Burn Season.

Community members are encouraged to use Mesa County Public Health’s online system to obtain a permit. This online tool has been re-designed and is easier than ever to navigate and use. Your permit will be emailed to you right after check out.

  • Agricultural Burn Permits are issued with no fee. Within Grand Junction City Limits, agricultural burning is permitted during the designated spring and fall seasons. Outside of the City, agricultural burning is allowed year-round. Permit Holders should only burn when conditions are acceptable for burning.
  • Residential Burn Permits cost $25 and are valid during the designated spring and fall seasons of the calendar year. All proceeds from the permits support your local fire protection district.
  • If you purchased a Burn Permit last year, there is no charge for your permit this year. Please make sure to indicate your previous purchase on your application.
  • We encourage the use of our online system to minimize in-person interaction and to keep everyone safe during COVID-19. If you would like assistance obtaining a permit, please call our team at 970-248-6900. 

Once you have a permit, it’s important to monitor air quality, weather, and other safety alerts. Burn permits are not valid if there is a red flag warning, fire restriction, or a no burn advisory in place. Air quality information can be found on the Mesa County Public Health website. A re-designed Air Quality page makes tracking air quality conditions and advisories easy to access. 

Burn season runs through May 31 in Mesa County and April 30 in the City of Grand Junction.  Permits for everyone in the County (including those within city limits) are issued by Mesa County Public Health.

Open burning pollutes the air and poses a fire hazard. Consider alternatives, such as composting or wood chipping, if possible. The Mesa County Organic Materials Composting Facility at Mesa County Solid Waste, 3071 U.S. Hwy 50, accepts organic materials like leaves, grass clippings, tree limbs, hay, and straw free of charge from Mesa County residents. 

To view other alternatives to burning, and for additional information about burn permits, check out our Guide to Burning.

Air Quality Advisory through 9 p.m. on September 7

Air Quality Advisory through 9 p.m. on September 7

Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) has issued an Air Quality Advisory through Monday, September 7 at 9 p.m. Hazy conditions are expected due to smoke from surrounding areas.  

Dry, windy conditions are expected with a Red Flag warning in effect through 9 p.m.  This critical fire weather, combined with poor smoke dispersal and the fine particulates forecast in the moderate category prompted the advisory.  

When air quality is in the moderate (yellow) range there is an increased risk for people in sensitive groups, including people with heart or lung disease, older adults, and young children. If visibility is less than five miles due to smoke, the smoke has reached levels that are unhealthy.

Residents are advised to take the following precautions to stay healthy:

  • Avoid heavy outdoor exertion such as running or other forms of exercise.
  • Keep your indoor air clean and stay inside as much as possible.
  • Avoid activities that increase indoor pollution. You want to keep your indoor air as clean as possible.
    • Do not vacuum. It stirs up dust in your home.
    • Do not smoke tobacco in your home.
    • Do not burn candles, fireplaces or gas stoves.
  • Contact your health care provider if you’re concerned about your health.

Open burning of any kind, including agricultural burns, is not allowed when a Red Flag or other weather warnings or alerts are in place.  Mesa County remains under Stage 2 Fire restrictions which prohibit all types of burning, including agricultural burns without a special permit from the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office.

For more information on air quality conditions and alerts, including real-time readings through a community-sourced monitoring system called Purple Air, visit our air quality page.

Fire restrictions mean Fall Open Burn Season won’t begin on Sept. 1

Fire restrictions mean Fall Open Burn Season won’t begin on Sept. 1

Due to current fire restrictions, the Fall Open Burn Season which typically begins September 1 has been temporarily suspended. Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) is not issuing burn permits, and open burning is not allowed. Agricultural burning is only allowed with a special permit from the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office.

MCPH will continue to monitor the situation, if fire bans are lifted and conditions improve significantly during the burn season (traditionally through the end of October) we will notify residents if permits are available. 

“To protect the health and safety of our residents we want to make sure burning happens on days where there are good conditions for smoke dispersal and suitable conditions for fire safety,” MCPH Epidemiology Program Manager, Heidi Dragoo said.  “As we’ve seen with significant smoke from the Pine Gulch and other nearby fires, fine particles from smoke and other pollutants are easily trapped in our Valley creating poor air quality and potentially unhealthy conditions. That, coupled with high fire danger makes burning a real concern.”

Spring Burn Season was suspended in mid-March due to concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated threat to people with heart and/or lung disease.

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 Thursday-Saturday, 8 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. 
  • 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.

To learn more about current fire restrictions and what is and is not allowed, or to obtain a special agricultural permit while restrictions are in place, click here.

NO BURN ADVISORY through July 8 due to fire safety concerns

NO BURN ADVISORY through July 8 due to fire safety concerns

UPDATE:  This advisory has been extended through July 8 at 9 p.m.

Due to fire safety concerns, Mesa County Public Health has issued no burn advisory through July 8 at 9 p.m. Burning of any kind, including agricultural burning, is not allowed during this advisory period. 

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for Mesa County and other areas across the Western Slope. The combination of gusty winds, low relative humidity, and dry fuels will result in critical fire weather conditions. 

Mesa County Public Health reminds residents of the Stage 1 fire restrictions in place which means no open burning is allowed without a special permit from the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office.

Stage 1 fire restrictions were announced on June 26 and prohibit:

  • Personal use of fireworks
  • Campfires outside of designated fire pits or fire rings
  • Agricultural open burning without a Sheriff’s issued burn permit
  • Use of explosive targets
  • Smoking outside near combustible materials.

Spring Burn Season ended May 31 and was suspended in mid-March due to concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated threat to people with heart and/or lung disease. 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 Thursday-Saturday, 8 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. 
  • 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.

 

NO BURN ADVISORY through July 8 due to fire safety concerns

MCPH Issues NO BURN ADVISORY through June 7 due to fire safety concerns

Due to fire safety concerns, Mesa County Public Health has issued a no burn advisory through Sunday, June 7 at 9 p.m. No open burning is allowed, including agricultural burns. 

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for Mesa County and other areas across the Western Slope. The combination of gusty winds, low relative humidity, and dry fuels will result in critical fire weather conditions. High winds are forecast to continue through the weekend, gusting as high as 40 miles per hour. Burning of any kind, including open burning, is not allowed during this advisory period.  

Spring Burn Season ended May 31 and was suspended in mid-March due to concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated threat to people with heart and/or lung disease.

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 Thursday-Saturday, 8 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. 
  • 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. Chihttps://health.mesacounty.uspped branches can also be good mulch.

For information on current air quality and fire weather conditions and to learn if it’s OK to burn, visit the air quality page on our website