Haze from smoke obscures a home, sitting on a ridge overlooking the Pacific Ocean, near the Burns Creek bridge as a part of the Basin Complex Fire in Big Sur, Calif. on Tuesday July 1, 2008. Airborne ash from the hundreds of lightning-sparked fires have caused a spike in air pollution in the area. (AP Photo/Phil Klein)
A 'no burn' advisory has been issued by the Mesa County Health Department and that means there's a ban on open burning, including agricultural, for now.
The advisory temporarily bans all open burning withing the Grand Valley. The fall open burn season typically runs from Sept. 1 through Oct. 31. However, the smoke and haze currently in the Valley affecting air quality has prompted officials to delay the opening until the valley is clear of regional smoke.
Officials say there are alternatives to burning. You can use the Mesa County Organic Materials Composting Facility at 3071 Highway 50. The facility accepts select organic materials free of charge from Mesa County residents. Those materials include: leaves, grass clippings, tree limbs, unpainted/untreated lumber, hay and straw.
The facility is open from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and is closed on major holidays. For more information 255-0754 or click the link below.