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CAN I BURN TODAY?  *
| Burn Seasons
GOT YOUR BURN PERMIT? 
After 9 am on burn day you must ACTIVATE Your PERMIT**, if air quality & fire conditions allow. Missoula County posts Open Burning Status daily. 
THANKS for being Fire Safe !
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OR NO Burning Today?
**CALL TO ACTIVATE Your BURN PERMIT (FREE): 1-888-583-6497
or go to www.BurnPermit.mt.gov
 
GO / NO GO Burning Conditions
Outdoor Burning Hotline 406 258-4900
 
 
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Missoula County MT BURN PERMIT
SEASONS & CATEGORIES
 
SPRING
GENERAL
BURNING
 
ESSENTIAL AGRICULTURE
 
PRESCRIBED WILDLAND
 
FALL
ESSENTIAL AGRICULTURE
 
PRESCRIBED WILDLAND
Missoula County Fall Burning - MCFPA.org
Missoula County Fall Burning - MCFPA.org
NOTE MISSOULA
CITY RESIDENTS
 To Burn Outdoors in the City of Missoula in the Spring, permits must be obtained in person from the Missoula City-County Health Department AND inspection of the burn site is required !  No burning is allowed in the Missoula Area+ Stagnation Zone.
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AIR STAGNATION ZONE
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5 STEPS NEEDED for a SAFE & LEGAL BURN
 
1.  Burning SEASON ?
(YES-NO)
 
2. Got Your PERMIT ?  
(YES-NO)
 
3. ACTIVATE your Permit ?
(YES-NO)
 
4. Firewise SAFETY TIPS ? 
(YES-NO)
 
5. FINISHED by 4 pm ?
(YES-NO)
 
 
NO Outdoor Burning Allowed
THANK YOU for conducting a Safe Outdoor Burn in Missoula County using our county-wide Burn Permit System.
 
Share with us how you do with the Five Simple Steps to a fire-safe burn (see below).  Find and Like  the Missoula County Fire Protection Association on FACEBOOK. We can keep you up-to-date on fire season news in Missoula County and help answer your questions about Firewise living !    
 
 
General Outdoor Burning
DO NOT BURN
household garbage dead animals animal droppings treated wood chemicals or synthetics (rubber and plastics)
 
 
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Burn Seasons
Missoula County Fall Burning - MCFPA.org
Missoula County Fall Burning - MCFPA.org
KNOW YOUR BURNING SEASONS
& WHAT YOU CAN BURN
If you want to burn yard waste (leaves, grass, branches) or manage vegetation (agriculture or forested property), and you live outside the Missoula Air Stagnation Zone, you can burn outdoors in the Spring with a General Outdoor Burn Permit available March 1 - August 31*.  During the Fall,* October 1 to November 30, ONLY those with Essential Agricultural or Prescribed  Wildland burning needs can obtain a Burn Permit. *Limits apply. 
   
GETTING A BURNING PERMIT
With the exception of small cooking or recreational fires, every fire ignited in Missoula County -- including those on public lands -- require a Burn Permit.  To obtain a Missoula County Bunr Permit, visit the ONLINE PERMIT WEBSITE and fill out the application, including  choice of payment system (credit card or electronic check.  SeeFAQs for if you must pay in Cash).  Note:  Missoula city residents must get a permit in person at the City-County Health Department.  You can also get a Permit in-person from your rural fire department, but remember that many offices are staffed by volunteers who work during the day and only respond to emergency calls, so it's best to check before you go. 
FIVE STEPS to Firewise Open Burning Outdoors
GENERAL Outdoor Burning is typically closed by July 1 due to fire danger.

FALL Burning
(Oct 1 - Nov 30) is limited to Essential Agriculture & Wildland Prescribed burns. Both need permits.
Do you qualify ?
KNOW WHAT You CAN and CANNOT BURN
Don't get charged with illegal burning. There is no burning allowed in the Air Stagnation Zone, which includes the City of Missoula and an area roughly 4 1/2 miles around it. Learn more on the Missoula County Burn Permit Rules & Regulations page.
Missoula County Fall Burning - MCFPA.org
Missoula County Fall Burning - MCFPA.org
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BURN PERMIT PUBLIC SAFETY TIPS
Missoula County Fire
Protection Association
PRECAUTIONS when burning in Missoula County:
To prevent your burn from spreading fire to surrounding vegetation and structures, think like a firefighter and take every precaution:
 
HAVE ON HAND !
* Reliable water source(s)
* Good sturdy shovel
* Heavy gloves & boots
* Spotter (someone to watch for sparks)
* Burn Permit / Number
 
 BURN PILE SAFETY TIPS:
* Build your debris piles in vegetation openings, away from overhead branches, wires, structures and other burnable materials.
 
* Scrape debris and any other burnable material away from your piles, so material is surrounded by several feet of bare soil.
 
* Once you ignite your debris, attend your fire continuously.
 
* When you think your fire is out, check ashes for glowing embers. With a new burst of oxygen (generated by stirring ashes), even a few live coals will soon produce smoke. Make sure your fire is dead out!
 
* Keep water and tools ready in case there are fire- or weather-related changes.
 
* Always have sufficient help, tools and equipment to control the fire.
ACTIVATING THE BURN PERMIT
To activate your Burm Permit, CALL 1-888-583-6497 (the number listed on the Permit) or go Online to thePermit Website after 9 am ON THE DAY of your burn. Follow directions from there.  Note: SPRING burning is affected by air quality and/or fire danger. In the FALL,  it's based on airshed and elevational conditions.
ONLINE PERMIT: https://app.mt.gov/burnpermit/

THINKING FIREWISE
Knowing WHAT and HOW TO BURN is as important as getting a Burn Permit and Activitating it Online or by phone the day that you burn. Remember: If your fire gets out of control,YOU WILL BE LIABLE FOR FIRE SUPPRESSION COSTS as well as any damage YOUR FIRE causes to the surrounding community.

FIRE OUT BY 4 PM
All General Outdoor Burns must begin after 9 am and be fully extinguished by 4 pm, unless your local fire department has granted an extension. Air inversions tend to break up by 9 am. Waiting until after 9 am to ignite your burn lets the smoke disperse better. Afternoon winds are also typical in the spring. So for safety reasons, your fire MUST BE completely dead out -- NO SMOKE AT ALL -- by 4 pm. Additionally, smoke dispersion is poor after sunset, so a fire left smoldering overnight can cause smoke to build up, bothering neighbors and adding to Valley pollution.
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