Open burn season starts Sunday; city urges alternatives

Fire officials suggest recycling

With spring burn season beginning Sunday, the Grand Junction Fire Department encourages residents to use alternatives to open burning.

Each year fire departments are dispatched to out-of-control weed fires that create unnecessary property loss and resource use, the Grand Junction Fire Department said in a news release.

The Colorado State Extension office and the Mesa County composting facility at the landfill encourage residents to recycle their leaves, grass, tree limbs and hay to be used for compost.

The composting facility, 3071 U.S. Highway 50, accepts the waste free of charge from Mesa
County residents. 

For trash that is illegal to burn, the Mesa County Landfill, 3071 U.S. Highway 50, will have a free day April 18. This is for residential trash. Tires, contaminated materials and electronics will not be accepted.

Residents who want to do an open burn are required to obtain a burn permit. Permits are available from the Grand Junction, Lower Valley and Clifton fire departments for their response areas. Mesa County residents outside of these areas should contact the health department for a burning permit.

There are two burn seasons. Spring season is March 1 to May 31, and fall season is Sept. 1 to Oct. 31.  Permits are $10 for a single season, $15 for a combined permit.

The burn permits are subject to a number of requirements.  If permit requirements are violated, the holder may be fined up to $1,000 and imprisoned for up to one year.

Anyone burning without a permit may be issued a citation.


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