All burning in the City Limits of Grand Junction requires a Grand Junction Fire Department Burn Permit. These permits are for properties at least 1 acre or more. The Mesa County Health Department issues permits for all other areas in Mesa County. Burning is allowable only for dry weeds, garden waste, irrigation ditches, and tree or shrub trimmings less than 1” in diameter.
* Spring Season - March 1 - April 30
* Fall Season - September 1 - September 30
New City Ordinance
Brochures and Application
Alternatives to Open Burning
Backyard composting has proven very beneficial to replacing open burning. Contact Colorado State Cooperative Extension at 970-244-1834 or visit their website for specific details on how to compost materials in your own back yard.
The Mesa County Waste Management Division offers a large-scale composting facility to the public for residential, municipal and commercial green waste disposal. Materials can be dropped off at the Orchard Mesa Landfill weekday afternoons at no charge. Please avoid materials containing rocks and metal debris, which can cause havoc to the large and expensive tub grinder needed to reduce these materials into small, compostable pieces. They can be contacted at (970) 263-9319 or visit their website for more information.