Protecting People, Homes & Natural Resources | SW Montana
c) Missoula County Fire Protection Association 2011-16
**CALL TO ACTIVATE Your BURN PERMIT (FREE): 1-888-583-6497
Outdoor Burning Hotline 406 258-4900
GOT YOUR BURN PERMIT NUMBER?
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.
5 STEPS NEEDED for a SAFE & LEGAL BURN
1. Burning SEASON ?
2. Got Your PERMIT ?
3. ACTIVATE your Permit ?
4. Firewise SAFETY TIPS ?
5. FINISHED by 4
NO Outdoor Burning Allowed
THANK YOU for conducting a Safe Outdoor Burn in Missoula County using our county-wide Burn Permit System.
General Outdoor Burning
DO NOT BURN
household garbage dead animals animal droppings treated wood chemicals or synthetics (rubber and
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
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.
(Oct 1 - Nov 30) is limited to Essential Agriculture
& Wildland Prescribed burns. Both need permits.
Missoula County -
BURN PERMIT PUBLIC SAFETY TIPS
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
* 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!
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.
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.