The Western Colorado summer is winding down and the Grand Junction burn season is getting underway.

It has been a hot, dry summer and Mesa County has been under fire restrictions for several weeks, but those restrictions have been lifted.

According to the Grand Junction Fire Department, the fall burn season runs September 1- October 31.  If you have burning to do  you can get a burn permit from the Mesa County Health Department, or your local fire district.

Fire officials are still urging caution to those engaged in open burn processes as well as those who may still be doing campfires. While there has been moisture in recent days, many areas remain on the dry side with plenty of vegetation vulnerable to fire danger.

Common sense goes a long way toward safe burning. As the season is changing we expect plenty of windy days, and it's just not a good idea to burn in the wind. Of course, you should never ever leave a burn unattended, and fire officials encourage a fire ring whenever possible.