If you are planning to conduct any open burning, you must first contact the Delta County Dispatch (399-2955) on the day you plan to conduct the burn. If a red flag day has been declared, callers will be notified to delay burning. "Red flag" days are days when the danger of forest or grass fires is found to be high as determined by the National Weather Service.
The burning of household trash and other dense smoke-producing materials is prohibited in Delta County. Penalties and fines have been established for failure to notify dispatch of the intent to burn, initiation of a fire on a "red flag" day and the burning of trash.
Two fatal accidents occurred in Delta County within a two-day span last week.
Casey Gillenwater, 25, of Delta was killed the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 13, in a single-vehicle rollover on Highway 133 outside of Hotchkiss.