Missoula County Fire Protection Association
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MISSOULA COUNTY BURNING SEASONS:
Missoula County has six "outdoor burning windows" (see more below). Two* apply to the General Public who have a need to burn outdoors:
Spring / General Outdoor Burning is March 1 to August 31. Often called Spring Burning, this season allows the 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.
*Further info on who qualifies for Fall Burning below.
NO BURNING of leaves and grass within the Air Stagnation Zones of Missoula County MT (see Airshed Maps).

*Missoula City residents must obtain Permits & Site Inspections from the City-County Health Department: (406) 258-4755 / 301 Alder St. Missoula.
BURNING SEASONS:
General
March 1 - August 31

Essential Agricultural
March 1 - October 31

Prescribed Wildland
March 1 - November 30
Conditional
March 1 - October 31


Film Production

March - August

Firefighter Training
March - November

Emergency
All year
SMOKE FROM THE HILLS: 
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.
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BURN EARLY:
All burn permits start March 1st. Use them early ! All permits end when fire danger warrants.
 
DO NOT BURN
household garbage dead animals animal droppings treated wood chemicals or synthetics (rubber and plastics)
Do I Qualify
WHO CAN BURN WHEN ?
What Can I Burn ?
SPRING
GENERAL BURNING
Homeowners Can Burn Yard Waste
(You Can Burn)

ESSENTIAL AGRICULTURE
Landowners Can Burn for Agricultural Best Practices

PRESCRIBED WILDLAND
Landowners Can Burn to Reduce Wildlfire Hazards & Improve Ecosystems
Missoula County MT BURN PERMIT CATEGORIES
FALL
ESSENTIAL AGRICULTURE
(See above definition)

PRESCRIBED WILDLAND
(See definition)
Spring Burning - 3/1 - 8/31
General Outdoor Burning
Applies to homeowners and property (agricultural or forest/wild lands) owners.  
YOU CAN BURN: ONLY natural vegetation and untreated dimensional lumber generated on your property. 

*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 "It's Fall: Why Can't I Burn" below for more specifics.
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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.
WHO CAN BURN

Fall burning is limited to that which cannot be done readily in the spring and for which no reasonable alternative for achieving goals or disposing of material is available. This includes two basic categories: Prescribed (Rx) Wildland Burning and Essential Agricultural Burning.
Prescribed Wildland Burning
These burns occur on forest land or relatively undeveloped rangeland to :
• improve wildlife habitat
• improve range conditions
• promote forest regeneration
• reduce the fire hazard from forestry practices (such as logging)
• control forest pests and diseases
Essential Agricultural Burning
These burns occur on a farm or ranch to:
• eliminate excess vegetation from cultivated fields
• improve range conditions
• improve wildlfire habitat


Essential agricultural burning is almost always field or broadcast burning -- not the burning of piles.
 
IT'S FALL:  WHY CAN'T I BURN ?  
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