Fire ban goes into effect at midnight
Open burning will be banned as of 12:01 a.m. Wednesday in Mesa County.
Dry, windy, and warm weather prompted the fire ban, according to a press release from the Grand Junction Fire Department and Mesa County Sheriff’s Department. The ban applies to unincorporated parts of Mesa County and areas within Grand Junction city limits. The end of the ban will be announced at a later date.
Open burning includes setting fire to grass, wood, or other combustible materials, burning solid fuels without written authorization, using explosives that require fuse blasting caps, operating chainsaws without an approved spark arrester, welding or operating acetylene with an open flame, and improperly discarding of cigarette butts, matches, and other smoking materials, according to the press release.
The Mesa County Fire Marshal can issue agricultural burn permits. The use of charcoal and gas-fired grills is allowed during the ban.