Thursday, August 30, 2018

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Lifted

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Lifted

MESA COUNTY, Colo - The Mesa County Sheriff and City of Grand Junction, in coordination with the Mesa County Fire Chief's Association, are lifting Stage 1 fire restrictions effective at 12:01 AM Friday, August 31, 2018.  The Bureau of Land Management, Grand Junction, Field Office, has also announced that Stage 1 and Stage 2 fire restrictions will be lifted on public lands in Mesa and parts of Garfield Counties.

Recent rains, shorter days and cooler overnight temperatures have helped ease the fire danger caused by this year's extremely hot and dry summer.  The moisture level in vegetation that supports rapid fire growth has recovered to seasonally appropriate levels.  

While this is encouraging news, wildfires this fall are still a possibility in Mesa County.  The public is asked to remain cautious with activities that could ignite a wildfire.  People should continue to be vigilant and use caution when burning or using fire outdoors, especially in heavily forested and grassy areas. 

Conditions will continue to be monitored and restrictions will be adjusted accordingly if conditions change.

Please visit for the latest fire restriction information for surrounding counties and public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, and National Park Service.  

A reminder, fireworks are never permitted on public land.  Wood fires are never permitted anywhere on the Colorado National Monument.

Representatives from the Mesa County Sheriff's Office, Bureau of Land Management and the Grand Junction Fire Department will be available for comment at 11:00 AM on Thursday, August 30th at the Grand Junction Air Center.  The Air Center is located at 2774 Landing View Land, Grand Junction, CO  81506.

The Mesa County Sheriff, BLM, and other agencies in Mesa County would like to thank the public for their cooperation in doing their part to prevent wildfires the last few months during fire restrictions.