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Open Burn Season Ready to Begin in Mesa County

Open Burn Season Ready to Begin in Mesa County

Mesa County Public Health will begin accepting residential burn permit applications on September 1. The fall burn season runs through September 30 for the City of Grand Junction, and through October 31 for the rest of Mesa County. Permits for everyone in the county (including those within city limits) are issued by Mesa County Public Health. These permits cost $25 and are valid during both designated burn seasons for the calendar year. All of the proceeds from the permits support local fire protection districts.

Agricultural burn permits are free. Within the city limits of Grand Junction, agricultural burning is permitted only during the designated fall and spring seasons. Outside of the city, agricultural burning is allowed year-round.

The easiest way to obtain a permit is through Mesa County Public Health’s online system. 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. If you need assistance navigating the online portal, please call our team at 970-248-6900. You can also come to Mesa County Public Health for assistance at 510 29 ½ Road. 

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. The Air Quality page makes tracking air quality conditions and advisories easy to access.

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.

No Burn Advisory Issued Due to Critical Weather Conditions

No Burn Advisory Issued Due to Critical Weather Conditions

Due to fire safety concerns, Mesa County Public Health has issued a No Burn Advisory from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. on June 17. 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. Dry thunderstorms and gusty winds are expected.

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 Wednesday – Saturday, 8 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. 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.

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

No Burn Advisory Issued Due to Critical Weather Conditions

No Burn Advisory Extended Through June 14

**The No Burn Advisory is extended through Tuesday, June 14.**

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning and High Wind Advisory for Mesa County.

The combination of gusty winds, low relative humidity, and dry fuels will result in critical fire weather conditions.

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Due to fire safety concerns, Mesa County Public Health has issued a no burn advisory from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on June 13. Burning of any kind, including agricultural burning, is not allowed during this advisory period.

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning and Wind Advisory for Mesa County and other areas across the Western Slope. Southwest winds of 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph expected. The combination of gusty winds, low relative humidity, and dry fuels will result in critical fire weather conditions.

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 Wednesday – Saturday, 8 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. 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.

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

No Burn Advisory Issued Due to Critical Weather Conditions

No Burn Advisory on June 12 Due to Critical Weather Conditions

Due to fire safety concerns, Mesa County Public Health has issued a no burn advisory from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on June 12.

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, warm temperatures, and dry fuels will result in critical fire weather conditions. 

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 Wednesday – Saturday, 8 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. 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.

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

No Burn Advisory Issued Due to Critical Weather Conditions

No Burn Advisory Issues Due to Critical Weather Conditions

Due to fire safety concerns, Mesa County Public Health has issued a no burn advisory from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on May 27 and May 28. 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, warm temperatures, and dry fuels will result in critical fire weather conditions. 

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 Wednesday – Saturday, 8 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. 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.

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

No Burn Advisory Issued Due to Critical Weather Conditions

No Burn Advisory Due to High Winds

Due to fire safety concerns, Mesa County Public Health has issued a no burn advisory from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on May 19. Burning of any kind, including agricultural burning, is not allowed during this advisory period. 

The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory with winds 25 to 35 mph and gusts up to 50 mph expected.

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 Wednesday – Saturday, 8 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. 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.

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