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