Created: Thu, 27 Feb 2014 06:22:00 MST
Updated: Thu, 27 Feb 2014 06:29:40 MST
MESA COUNTY, Colo.- This year's spring burn season starts Saturday,March 1 and goes through Monday, March 31.
Although open burning is allowed in Mesa County with a permit, officials say it is not the only option for cleaning irrigation ditches and getting rid of garden waste.
Local fire departments want to encourage residents to use other alternatives because of problems they frequently encounter during the burn seasons.
"Often times we encounter people that cause property damage to other peoples property. The fire will get away from them and they can burn down fences, and buildings. Last year, some people even burned there own house because of trying to burn,” said Chris Rowland, Operations Chief, Clifton Fire Department.
The alternatives include composting, free day at the landfill, and spring clean-up with the city of Grand Junction.
A permit is required to obtain a burn permit before burning.
Permits are $15 and are good for both spring and fall seasons.
The permits can be purchased at the Fire Administration Office located at 625 Ute Avenue, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. through 5 p.m.