Missoula County Fire Protection Association
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Missoula County Fire Protection Association
FIRE DANGER
EXTREME
Missoula County MT
FIRE DANGER
EXTREME
CLOSED:
GENERAL OUTDOOR BURN SEASON with Permit
March 1  -  Aug. 31
CLOSED:
PRESCRIBED WILDLAND BURN SEASON with Permit March 1 - Nov 30
FIRE USE STATUS
CLOSED:
ESSENTIAL
AGRICULTURAL BURN
with Permit
March 1  -  Oct. 31
MISSOULA COUNTY FIRE USE RESTRICTIONS:
Wildfire can happen in the blink of an eye, and if you're on a grassy slope when a fire starts, you (or your home) can be in extreme danger.

When our vegetation (grass to trees) becomes drought-stressed and tinder dry, MCFPA member partners will impose fire-use restrictions.
Officials may also close popular Open Spaces as a public-safety precaution. When this happens, we'll post here.

Missoula County officials want all to recreate safely during wildland fire season.
Remember:
One little spark can equal a big fire. So, please, be careful out there as you explore the Big Sky State.
MCFPA NEWS Releases, Proclamations & Consequences of Violation

Definition of Restrictions......................
Fire Restrictions / Stages in Missoula County MT
 
 
 
STAGE II Restrictions -  WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

1. NO Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire!

2. NO Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

3. NO Operating Internal Combustion Engines; Welding or operating acetlylene or other torch with open flame; or using an Explosive from 1:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. A two-hour foot patrol in the work area is required following the cessation of all activities.

4. NO operating motorized vehicles off designated roads and trails.

Exemptions and Violations

 
HANDY INFOGRAPH
from the Montana (Great Falls) National Weather Service comparing the two STAGES of Fire Restrictions implemented during a fire season active with escaped wildfires.
STAGE I Restrictions -  WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

1. NO Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire unless noted in the exemptions. 
Click here for Exemptions

2. NO Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

Definition, Exemptions and Violations
 
 
STAGE II Restrictions Frequently Asked Questions

1. If I conduct an activity that is restricted, can I be fined?
Yes. The amounts may differ depending on the agency with authority in that area, but Montana State Law allows for a fine of up to six months in jail and $500.00.

2. Can I be held liable if I start a fire?
Yes. You could be responsible for paying some or even all of the costs that it took to put the fire out. Check with the according agency on specific regulations.

3. How do I find out if my land is classified as forested?
Montana Law defines forestland as land that has enough timber, standing or down, slash, or brush to constitute in the judgment of the department a fire menace to life or property. Grassland and agricultural areas are included when those areas are intermingled with or contiguous to and no further than one-half mile from areas of forestland.
Your tax statement has this information about your land. If you cannot access your statement, check with your local unit office.

4. How do I know what a designated road or trail is? Call the local land management agency where you would like to go. If the land is classified as forested (see above), contact the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. If it is not, contact your local agency. They should be able to advise you and furnish maps of trails that are safe and open for use.

5. Do these restrictions apply to towns and/or private property?
Many cities and towns in Montana also adopt the restrictions, and would therefore cover those areas inside their jurisdiction. County and city government may also impose further restrictions on private, city, or county-owned lands. These can be even more prohibitive than what is issued by the state.

6. Do these restrictions apply to valley bottom areas?
Restrictions written by the Montana DNRC only apply to all state land and all state and private forested land. Restrictions written by county and other agencies generally apply to valley bottom area that is outside of the classified forestland. 
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