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Permitted Outdoor
BURNING SEASONS
Protecting People, Homes & Natural Resources | SW Montana
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Missoula County Smoke Management - MCFPA.org
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Missoula County Smoke Management - MCFPA.org
Spring Burning - 3/1 - 8/31
General Outdoor Burning
ONLY burn natural vegetation and untreated dimensional lumber generated on your property. Applies to homeowners and property (agricultural or forest/wild lands) owners.   
 
*Fall Burning - 10/1 - 11/30
Essential Agricultural and Prescribed Wildland
Only burn if you live on a farm or ranch or on forest land or relatively undeveloped rangeland. See information (right>>>) for more specifics.
FIRE-USE SEASONS IN MISSOULA COUNTY
Missoula County recognizes six "outdoor burning windows," two of which apply to the General Public.  First is SPRING General Outdoor Burning (March - August). FALL is for Essential Agricultural Burning (March - October) and Prescribed Wildland Burning (March - November 30).  Learn what each means and how you can obtain the REQUIRED PERMIT ! 
Two Outdoor Burning Seasons  are allowed in Missoula County. BURN PERMIT required ! 
 
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BURNING SEASONS:
General
Essential Agricultural 
Prescribed Wildland
Conditional
Film Production
Firefighter Training
Emergency
 
 
March 1 - August 31 
March 1 - October 31
March 1 - November 30 
March - August
March - November
All year
All year
Missoula County Fall Burning - MCFPA.org
Missoula County Fall Burning - MCFPA.org
Missoula County Montana
Do I Qualify
WHO CAN BURN WHEN ?
Missoula County Fall Burning - MCFPA.org
Missoula County Fall Burning - MCFPA.org
IT'S FALL
Missoula County Fall Burning - MCFPA.org
Missoula County does not manage burns on public lands, such as those managed by the US Forest Service, in Montana and Idaho. Those "Major Burns" are managed by the Airshed Management System
during prescribed fire season.
Missoula County Fall Burning - MCFPA.org
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Missoula County Fall Burning - MCFPA.org
Often called Spring Burning, General Outdoor Burning runs March 1 to August 31.  This season allows the general public to burn yard debris in piles. Those with agricultural or wildland burning needs can also burn in the spring.*  Usually fire danger ends this season in early July. 
 
*Fall Burning typically is October 1 to November 30th. The Fall season is available ONLY to those with Essential Agricultural and Prescribed Wildland burning needs that cannot be met in the Spring. In the Fall, yard waste and pile burns are prohibited primarily due to smoke issues.
Missoula County
OUTDOOR BURNING SEASONS
Missoula County Fall Burning - MCFPA.org
Mar 1 - Nov 30
Mar 1 - Oct 31
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Missoula County MT BURN PERMIT CATEGORIES
 
 
SPRING
GENERAL BURNING
 Homeowners Can Burn Yard Waste
(see What Can I Burn)
 
ESSENTIAL AGRICULTURE
Landowners Can Burn for Agricultural Best Practices
 
PRESCRIBED WILDLAND
Landowners Can Burn to Reduce Wildlfire Hazards & Improve Ecosystems
Missoula County Fall Burning - MCFPA.org
Missoula County Fall Burning - MCFPA.org
Outdoor Burning
DO NOT BURN
household garbage dead animals animal droppings treated wood chemicals or synthetics (rubber and plastics)
 
 
FALL
ESSENTIAL AGRICULTURE
(See above definition)
 
PRESCRIBED WILDLAND
(See above definition)
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