Clifton Fire Department says it sees an increase in calls of 15-20 percent during burn season. Grand Junction Fire Department responded to 38 outdoor burn related calls in the last 28 days. The first burn season in Mesa County last three months. Mike Page of the Grand Junction Fire Department says they expect to see more of controlled burn related calls in the next couple months.
Controlled burns have their roots in local agriculture, which is prevalent around the valley. Many people use controlled burns to keep large acres of land from being over-run by weeds and debris. And while this technique has seen great success in rural areas some people wonder if burning in higher populated areas should be regulated even further.