Protecting People, Homes & Natural Resources | SW Montana
Missoula County Fire
c) Missoula County Fire Protection Association 2011-16
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
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
March 1 - August 31
March 1 - October 31
March 1 - November 30
March - August
March - November
Missoula County Montana
Do I Qualify
WHO CAN BURN WHEN ?
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.
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.
OUTDOOR BURNING SEASONS
Mar 1 - Nov 30
Mar 1 - Oct 31
GOT YOUR BURN PERMIT NUMBER?
DO NOT BURN
household garbage dead animals animal droppings treated wood chemicals or synthetics (rubber and plastics)