Spring Burn Season in Session
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Burn season starts Friday March 1 and goes through May 31. Fire officials want to share how to obtain a burn permit and what the regulations are.
Burn permits can be bought online or through the Grand Junction, Clifton, or Fruita Fire Department.
The Mesa County Health Department issues permits for all other areas in Mesa County.
"Spring burn season has its good and bad points. We get a lot of clearing of the valley because of the winds, but we also get a lot of problems with burning because of winds, so spring time is a time when we really have to pay attention to the weather," said Mike Page, spokesperson for the Grand Junction Fire Department.
Fire officials say burning is allowed for dry weeds, garden waste, irrigation ditches and tree or shrub trimmings less than one inch in diameter.
Fire officials urge residents to use alternatives for burning to help the air quality stay at a healthy level.
They say residents can compost at home or contact the Mesa County Composting Facility, at (970)263-9319.
Another option is contacting the regular solid waste collection and disposal company for details to schedule a special pickup.
There is a free day at the Mesa County Landfill that could also be taken advantage of, as well as the Spring Clean-Up Program, (970) 244-1571.
It costs $15 to obtain a burn permit which is now payable by credit card.
Residents who burn without a permit can be fined $1,000 or even imprisoned.