With spring comes the yearly need to burn away those weeds and dead crops, and reinvigorate the soil. But with that comes great responsibility as well. Getting all that brush burned up is one thing, but you don't want to burn the whole neighborhood down!

We have a few reminders for those of you who are preparing to get your own burn done.

First of all, you must have an open-burn permit. Permits are issued so burns can be regulated, ensuring the safety and health of those around you. To get a burn permit, go to the Mesa County Health Department's website.

Be aware of the weather.

For obvious reasons, high winds mean no burning. You don't want to start or tend to a burn when the winds are too strong. Monitor the weather to make sure your burn isn't blowing all over the neighborhood.

Know the air quality

Once again, the Mesa County Health Department is the source you want to check for air quality. The department asks you to be mindful of the following:

  • Help reduce overall emissions in our air by reducing or eliminating idling in your vehicle.
  • Compost or if possible chip those things you can
  • If you aren't a person who composts, or don't know one, take yard waste to the landfill.
  • If you have a wood stove, be certain it is one approved by the EPA. (Environmental Protection Agency)

Always check for burn notices or air watch alerts before you start your burn. Mesa County's Facebook page is also a great resource.

Let's be safe this year!