Rules & Regulations
Missoula County -
BURN PERMIT RULES & REGULATIONS
Missoula County Montana, from Lolo to Seeley Lake, has two Outdoor Burning Seasons. Each season requires a $5 Burn
Permit and has limitations on what, when and where residents can burn
see information below*
Three categories of Burn Permits are available the
first of March each year. They address yard waste disposal as well as agriculture and forested landowner needs. Note: Burn
in March and April, if possible. Permits are typically suspended by July, due to fire danger conditions.
Burns on public lands,
such as those managed by the US Forest Service in Montana and Idaho, are managed by the Airshed Management System.
c) Missoula County Fire Protection Association 2011-16
Protecting People, Homes & Natural Resources | SW Montana
WHEN you can burn:
Once you have your Burn Permit, choose a calm day after 9 am for your burn (see Five Steps to Legal Safe Burn:
Fire Out By 4 pm >>>).
DO NOT LIGHT your fire when wind or weather conditions make it hazardous to burn. Burning is typically
closed on those days with hazardous conditions. BEFORE YOU BURN, always CALL to ACTIVATE YOUR PERMIT. Free Call at 1-888-583-6497 or
go to www.BurnPermit.mt.gov .
Missoula County Fire
* The Airshed Management System manages landscape-scale burns on Montana's public lands. This is a separate system from the Missoula County Burn Permit System.
NO Outdoor Burning Allowed
GOT YOUR BURN PERMIT NUMBER?
WHAT You CANNOT BURN:
* Wastes generated by a business.
* Material moved from other locations to your property.
of leaves or grass clippings cannot be burned IF YOU LIVE within the Air Stagnation Zone, which includes the City of Missoula
and an area roughly 4 1/2 miles around it. Leaves and clippings simply produce too much smoke.
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.
WHAT You CAN BURN:
* ONLY natural vegetation and untreated dimensional lumber
Must be generated on your property. Burning
prohibited materials can produce harmful smoke or even cause explosions and you can be charged with illegal burning.
Airshed Maps +
Missoula City County
Health Department at (406) 258-4755. Or check with your local fire department or wildland agency
Spring Burning: Mar 1 - Aug 31
General Outdoor Burning
DO NOT BURN
household garbage dead animals animal droppings treated wood chemicals or synthetics (rubber and
Fall Burning: Oct 1 - Nov 30
WHAT YOU CAN BURN (see above).
No General Outdoor Burning Essential Agriculture & Prescribed Wildland Burning ONLY
(Oct 1 - Nov 30) Essential Agriculture & Prescribed Wildland.
OUTDOOR BURNING in Missoula County
want to prevent unwanted fire
and its more destructive effects. One way to do this is to regulate the use of fire through
a burn permit system. Local fire officials
, cooperating with the Missoula City-County Health Department, have been issuing burning
permits since the 1990s. The result has been a reduction in the number of fire escapes and 911 calls leading to non-critical dispatch.
MCFPA members use an ONLINE BURN PERMIT
system. Implemented in 2012, this approach is SEASONAL
and helps with permitting, reporting,
and tracking wanted/temporary outdoor burns within the county. The online system is particularly useful in rural areas where
local fire service depends on volunteers.
SO we ask you to become a partner with the MCFPA. Use fire wisely and with an
appropriate permit when it's outdoors. Learn how to prepare for wildland fire, and visit here often for useful news and
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