Permits required for spring burning
Spring burn season is open through May 31. But those who wish to participate will first have to obtain a permit.
Permit applications are available online at http://www.gjcity.org/GJFDBurnPermits.aspx or between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Grand Junction Fire Administration office at 625 Ute Ave.
Permit applications must be turned in with a non-refundable $15. Completed permit applications may be turned in at the office with a cash, check or credit card payment, or mailed with a $15 check to GJFD Burn Permits, 625 Ute Ave., Grand Junction 81501.
A permit qualifies a person to burn during spring or fall burn seasons. Fall burn season is Sept. 1 through Oct. 31.
During burn season, a permit-holder can burn only dry weeds, garden waste, irrigation ditches or tree or shrub trimmings less than an inch in diameter.
However, the Grand Junction Fire Department encourages other methods of disposal, including composting, spring cleanup, and free day at the landfill because of an increase in the number of emergency medical response calls coming into the Fire Department related to smoke from open burning, plus the ongoing frequency of calls about out-of-control fires.
Even if a person has a permit, he or she may not burn if a fire ban or a red flag warning is in effect. Burning is not permitted when a fire hazard is present or during times of drought, reduced air quality, windy conditions or other environmental conditions. Permit-holders should contact the National Weather Service at 243-0914 or visit http://www.nws.ncaa.gov the day they plan to burn.
Burning is allowed only during daylight hours. Permit-holders must keep a water hose, fire extinguisher or other fire suppression tool nearby during burning and keep the fire at least 50 feet away from any structure, including fences that could catch fire.
Burning household trash, scrap lumber, leaves, tires, lawn clippings or tree stumps is not allowed.
A person with a burn permit can be fined up to $1,000 or sentenced up to a year in prison for each violation of a burn permit and will be responsible for property damage or fire suppression expenses.