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MCPH Issues NO BURN ADVISORY for Friday, May 22 due to fire safety concerns

MCPH Issues NO BURN ADVISORY for Friday, May 22 due to fire safety concerns

Due to fire safety concerns, Mesa County Public Health has issued a no burn advisory through 9 p.m. on Friday, May 22. 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 create conditions favorable for the rapid ignition, growth, and spread of fires. Burning of any kind, including open burning, is not allowed during this alert period.  

Due to concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated threat to people with heart and/or lung disease, Mesa County Public Health has issued a No Burn Advisory for residential burning indefinitely.

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.

 

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

MCPH Issues NO BURN ADVISORY for Wednesday, May 13 due to fire safety concerns

MCPH Issues NO BURN ADVISORY for Wednesday, May 13 due to fire safety concerns

Mesa County Public Health has issued a No Burn Advisory for Wednesday, May 13, from 12:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Due to fire safety concerns, 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. Burning of any kind, including open burning, is not allowed during this alert period.  

Due to concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated threat to people with heart and/or lung disease, Mesa County Public Health has issued a No Burn Advisory for residential burning indefinitely.

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.

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

MCPH Issues NO BURN ADVISORY for Wednesday, May 13 due to fire safety concerns

Residential Open Burning Suspended Indefinitely Due to High-Risk Populations Impacted by COVID-19

Mesa County Public Health has made the decision to issue a NO BURN ADVISORY indefinitely. This advisory means residential open burning is not allowed. We will evaluate and issue guidance when it is once again OK to burn. 

COVID-19 is a lower respiratory illness impacting residents with underlying medical conditions, more severely than other groups. This decision was made to ensure the best possible air quality for residents in high-risk categories, and to ensure our medical community has enough resources to care for the patients impacted by COVID-19.

We recognize burning is a tool used to prepare fields and watering sources for production. This advisory only applies to residential burns at this time, but we ask our agricultural community to be aware of the health impacts on those most at risk for COVID-19 and consider other options, if possible.

We know our community is looking for ways to do their part and help those who are most vulnerable to this illness; refraining from burning is one way we can be good neighbors and respond as a community.

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.
Fall Open Burn Season ends October 31

Fall Open Burn Season ends October 31

Fall Open Burn Season ends two hours before dusk on Thursday, Oct. 31. Residents must use alternative options instead of burning. Agricultural burning may continue through the end of the year.

  • 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. Tuesday – Saturday. For more information, call (970) 263-9319.
    • Residents should note that the Mesa County Landfill is required to close during periods of high winds, so if you plan on visiting the Composting Facility on a windy day, call (970) 241-6846 to make sure 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.

Visit this page for information on air quality in Mesa County, including a real-time air quality map.