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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

 

No Burn Advisory Through 8 p.m. on April 6 Due to Fire Safety Concerns

No Burn Advisory Through 8 p.m. on April 6 Due to Fire Safety Concerns

Mesa County Public Health has issued a no burn advisory through 8 p.m. on April 6 due to expected high winds. 

The National Weather Service forecast calls for breezy conditions with wind gusts up to 25 mph.

Conditions are not appropriate for 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.

The Spring Burn season in the City of Grand Junction ends April 30, Mesa County’s season goes through May 31.

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.

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.