Protecting People, Homes & Natural Resources | SW Montana
FIRE CAUSE AWARENESS &
Safety Tips
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Missoula County MT BURN PERMIT
SEASONS
NO BURNING Summer & Winter
 
SPRING
GENERAL
BURNING
 
ESSENTIAL AGRICULTURE
 
PRESCRIBED WILDLAND
 
FALL
ESSENTIAL AGRICULTURE
 
PRESCRIBED WILDLAND
Missoula County Fall Burning - MCFPA.org
Missoula County Fall Burning - MCFPA.org
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NO Outdoor Burning Allowed
THANK YOU for wanting to learn about unplanned wildfire in western Montana. 
 
Common Causes
Humans cause most wildfires. Lightning storms produce a share of ignitions, but here on this uniquely fire planet of ours,  people are very effective at causing costly to control, unplanned, landscape-scale fire.
 
The #1 cause of wildfire in Missoula County, Montana, is escaped debris fire.* 
 
Other causes of wildfire: fireworks, burning cigarette butts, lawn mowers in rocky, dry grass, chainsaws, off-road vehicles. The list goes on. All it takes is fuel, heat, oxygen  and a heartbeat of time and voila:  COMBUSTION.
 
Just One Spark
So it's important to recognize a situation where you could cause a fire without even trying and prevent that event. 
 
We hope you will Share With Us ~
on the Missoula County Fire Protection Association FACEBOOK page ~  What's the weirdest way you've ever heard that a wildfire ignited?
 
Missoula County -
FIRE CAUSE AWARENESS & SAFETY TIPS
Missoula County Fire
Protection Association
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HEALTH EFFECTS OF AIR QUALITY
Montana Department of Environmental Quality  (DEQ) has launched an Air Quality webpage with forecasts & health effects. Learn more. 
Missoula County Fire Danger Montana
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FIRE
DANGER
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FIRES
| RESTRICTIONS
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* With a Valid Burn Permit ($5 online),
locals can burn vegetation in PILES in the Spring. Rural / forest landowners can use wildland fire in the Spring & Fall. To help fire agencies regulate this tool, we ask users to activate permits daily:
Go / No Go as conditions (wind, temps, etc) allow.
 
 
 
 
 
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Exploding targets banned in Western Montana
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Always Use the Burn Permit System. Don't burn on hot windy days. NEVER BURN IN SUMMER !  Click here for burning safety tips.
A regularly watered lawn can retard the spread of flames from a nearby wildfire. If you can't keep a greenbelt, make sure vegetation is maintained at its lowest height.   For maximum safety, do this work well before fire season.
FIRESAFE MOWING TIPS
1) In cured grass, forgo a lawn mower blade; use a stringed weed-whacker.
 
2) Water soak the outside edge of the area and work before 10 am.  Keep water source and tools, such as a shovel, on hand.
 
3) Use a spotter, someone who can immediately call 9-1-1 while you try to suppress the ignition.
 
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SAFE CAMPFIRES are small campfires contained in a fire pit in an area clear of vegetation. Use mimimum amount of small-diameter fuel to avoid lofting sparks and to assure quicker cooling ash. Make sure your ash is cold to the touch. Read more campfire tips from the Smokey Bear website.
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Burn Permit FAQs.
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Website Resources
Ready, Set, Go ! (PDF Guide)
Keep Montana Green
Firewise Communities
National Fire Protection Association
Ready.Gov
 
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