Mesa County Public Health has issued a NO BURN ADVISORY through 5 p.m. on Monday, January 27, due to air quality concerns. This includes Agricultural Open Burning (we are outside of residential Open Burn Season) and wood stoves that aren’t the primary source of heat.
The air quality index (AQI) is currently at moderate levels for particles of pollution and is expected to remain at those levels through the weekend. At this level, even healthy individuals may experience temporary symptoms, such as irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, coughing, chest tightness, or shortness of breath.
Public Health Recommendations to Improve Air Quality
Mesa County Public Health is asking residents to take action to improve air quality while these conditions exist. To help you can:
- Reduce the number of trips you take in your car. Consider carpooling or using local transit options. Avoid idling.
- Be sure your tires are properly inflated and your engine tuned.
- Mulch or compost leaves and yard waste.
- Consider using gas logs instead of wood.
- If your fireplace or woodstove is not clean-burning, don’t use it during no-burn days (unless it’s your primary source of heat).
- Check the Wood Stove Database to ensure your set-up is EPA-certified.