Fruita begins fire ban today
The city of Fruita has implemented a fire ban within the boundaries of the city and the Lower Valley Fire Protection District.
The ban applies to setting fire to grass, wood, or other combustible materials outside of an enclosed structure; using explosives requiring fuse blasting caps; welding or operating acetylene or other torch with an open flame; improperly discarding of matches, cigarette butts and other smoking materials; operating a chainsaw without an approved spark arrester; and burning solid fuels without authorization or in campgrounds with fire pits, according to a press release from the Lower Valley Fire Protection District.
A fire ban has been in effect since Wednesday morning for all unincorporated parts of Mesa County and within Grand Junction city limits.
Charcoal and gas-fired grill use is still allowed throughout the county.