Mesa County bans open burning
Citing extreme fire danger, Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey imposed a ban on open burning that takes effect today.
The ban covers the unincorporated areas of Mesa County and the incorporated areas of the city of Grand Junction.
Officials say moisture-content levels in local vegetation are low, and forecasts in the upcoming weeks call for high temperatures and low humidity.
Open burning constitutes setting fire to any combustible material outside of an enclosed structure, burning of solid fuels except by written authorization or in campgrounds where a fire ring or grates are provided, improperly discarded cigarette butts and matches, use of explosives requiring fuse blasting caps, operating chain saws without a spark arrester, and using acetylene torches with an open flame.
The restrictions don’t include charcoal or gas grills used for meal preparation.