Agricultural burn in Fruita raises questions

FRUITA, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- You may have seen or smelled smoke around the Grand Valley Tuesday, that was because of a farm on 19 Road and M Road was having an agricultural burn.

Even with our dry conditions and high fire danger, this is completely legal under stage one fire restrictions.

Ordinance seven gives the Mesa County Sheriff’s office the authority to put in place fire restrictions and also takes over control to determine who can have a burn permit.

It's a different process from normal open burn season, in this case, you need to be zoned as agricultural and the burn has to be for business and farming purposes.

The Sheriff's Fire Marshall will visit your land and make sure proper safety measures are met before issuing the burn permit.

"We have acknowledged that it is an important process and an important part of our local economy to make sure that this can happen and as long as it's done in a safe manner,” said Megan Terlecky with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office.

So far the Sheriff's office has issued nine permits. If you meet the requirements and need a permit, there’s a link to the right of this page.

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