Western Slope Air Watch.
| Current Air Quality
AIR WATCH ALERT
A BLUE Air Watch is in effect for the western Colorado valleys including the communities of Grand Junction, Delta and Montrose.
There are no burning restrictions at this time.
AIR WATCH ALERTS APPLY YEAR ROUND
FOR WINTER MONTHS DURING INVERSIONS:
- Air Watch Alert forecasts are based on prevailing meteorological conditions for Mesa, Delta, and Montrose counties. Follow the BLUE (Ok To Burn) or RED(Do Not Burn) Alerts if you heat your home with wood fuel during the winter months. Coal, pellet and gas heaters are exempt as well as EPA certified low-emitting wood stoves. During the winter months, compliance with RED alerts is mandatory within the city limits of Grand Junction and Fruita and voluntary elsewhere in Mesa County. Compliance is voluntary in Delta and Montrose Counties.
FOR OPEN BURN SEASON:
(Mar. 1 -May 31 and Sept. 1 - Oct. 31)
- RED Air Watch Alerts apply to all Open Burning in Mesa County, including permitted and agricultural burns and compliance with burn restictions is mandatory throughout Mesa County. Exemptions include enclosed outdoor fires for recreational use.
Air Quality Index (AQI)
For current air quality values, use this link to view Mesa County Health Deparment's Air Quality homepage.
Over the winter months, open burning is restricted in the Grand Valley. Our Spring Open Burning Season begins on March 1. Please go to our Open Burning webpage for more information on open burning.
Weather conditions for the Grand Valley can be found on the National Weather Service site. For guidance on smoke dispersion visit NOAA's website and click on the Hazardous weather Outlook link GJT-NWS
A listing of current statewide Fire Restriction information can be found on the Colorado Division of Emergency Management site. Colorado DEM Firebans
Statewide air quality and wildfire smoke information can be found on the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment site. Colorado AirQuality Info
Modern wood stoves provide considerable advantages over conventional stoves. Some of the benefits include getting more heat output while burning less wood, and dramatically lowering the risk of chimney fires. When using wood to heat your home, always remember to promote good combustion by having bright, quick burning fires using well seasoned wood to minimize emissions. Mesa County and the Housing Resources of Western Colorado are providing woodstove exchange grants to qualifying homeowners in Mesa County. More information is available on our website.