Mesa County in the process of changing open burn regulations

Published: Feb. 11, 2019 at 9:26 PM MST
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When it comes to air pollution, Citizens for Clean Air says the Grand Valley has a problem. They say one of the biggest contributors to that pollution is fire, open burn fires included.

That's one of the reasons Mesa County is looking to change their open burn policy, those exact regulation changes expected to be officially released sometime this week.

It would mean not being able to burn on property less than an acre in size, only being able to burn 10 acres per day and burning at least 50 feet from structures, among other rule changes.

"Mesa County Public Health has been working on a resolution regarding open burning to bring it more in line with the City," Thomas Orr, regional epidemiologist at the Mesa County Health Department, said.

This information all released at the environment report hosted by Citizens for Clean Air. They're hoping everyone will take the next step towards making our air cleaner, open burn season or not.

"Some of the things that we do can be detrimental to our health and we don't realize that," Kristin Winn, co-chair for Citizens for Clean Air, said. "Driving less, that's a very big one and not burning."

Others say the air here is already looking pretty good, and pollution, not changing their habits much.

"It's been pretty nice. Can't complain," Taylor Timm, a Grand Junction resident, said. "I drive to school and I guess I wouldn't have to, I could always bike or do something like that if I ever needed to."

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