burn wisely, burn responsibly!
  • Open Burn season is currently in
    effect for Mesa County.
  • Burn permits are required and
    specify what, when and how much can be burned.
    • Spring open burn permits allow
      residents to burn up to 50 8’x8’x8’ piles and/or 10 acres of grass and/or five
      acres of other vegetation during one burn event.
    • Open burning hours begin two hours
      after sunrise and end two hours before sunset.
  • Never burn trash, tree stumps,
    tires, chemicals, plastic, rubber, insulation, insulated wire coatings, motor
    oil, aerosol cans, hazardous or toxic materials, commercial landscaping waste,
  • cut lumber, treated wood or pallets
    and leaf or grass trimmings.
  • The smoke from open burns can
    contribute to health issues in sensitive populations such as children, older
    adults and those with breathing or heart problems.
  • Mesa County Health Department
    encourages using alternative means to dispose of your spring cleanup yard waste
    to keep our air clean.
  • Mesa County Health Department
    regulates open burn permitting in Mesa County.
  • Always
    check health.mesacounty.us before you burn for current restrictions.

Do you hike healthy?
  • Hiking season has officially begun in
    Mesa County and the trails are packed. Are you hiking healthy?
  • Plan your hike ahead of time. Know
    where you’re going, how long the hike is and how long it will take.
  • Make sure someone else also knows
    where you’re going and when you should be back.
  • Pack dry foods, salted foods and sugary
    foods. These lightweight options make it hard for bacteria to grow.
  • Bring plenty of water. If you plan to
    use a filter, iodine treatment or UV light disinfectant, be sure to follow the
    • If you find yourself without clean
      water, remember to boil any that you come across.
    • Even the clearest, most remote stream
      water should be disinfected.
  • Warm-up before you begin the hike and
    start the hike slowly. Get your muscles warm and gradually increase your pace.
  • Learn first aid and CPR before your
    hiking season begins. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
  • Dress in layers and protect your body
    from the sun. Wear sunblock, sunglasses and a hat.
  • Rest when you need to. Don’t overdue
  • Visit healthymesacounty.org for trail