If spring is in the air, so is smoke

Out-of-control open burn begins the seasonal ritual

A firefighter hoses down flames of a wildfire that threatened several homes and burned nearly three-quarters of a mile of brush along a valley between P and Q Roads east of 10 Road northwest of Mack.

Rules for open burning

Spring open-burning season runs from March 1 to May 31.

A permit is required for open burning. Grand Junction, Lower Valley and Clifton fire departments issue permits for their response areas. The Mesa County Health Department issues permits for all other areas.

Burning can be conducted for dry weeds, garden waste, irrigation ditches and tree and shrub trimmings less than one inch in diameter.

Composting is an alternative to burning, and there is a facility to drop of materials for compost free of charge at the north of the Mesa County Landfill, 3071 U.S. Highway 50.

It is illegal to burn trash.


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