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Missoula County Fire Protection Association
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MCFPA News Release July 24, 2023
Fire Danger VERY HIGH in Missoula County. Residents and Visitors Asked to Continue To Use Caution When Outdoors!
MCFPA News Release August 7, 2023
Fire Danger Rating Lowered to High Missoula County
MCFPA News Release Sept 7, 2021
Fire Danger Raised To High: Outdoor Burning Closed
MCFPA News Release Sept 13, 2021
Fire Danger Moderate: Outdoor Burning Closed
MCFPA News Release Sept 29, 2021
Fall Burning Opens Only Essential Ag & Rx Wildland Oct 1st
MCFPA News Release May 14, 2024
Fire Danger Moderate; Outdoor Burning Remains Open
During Open Outdoor Burning Season You Need Daily Go or No Go
MCFPA News Release July 29, 2022
Very High Fire Danger in Missoula County 7/29/22
MCFPA News Release June 27, 2022
Fire Danger Raised to Moderate; Outdoor Burning Closes July 1st.
MCFPA News Release August 29, 2022
Fire Danger Lowered to High; Continue to Use Caution
MCFPA News Release Sept 5, 2023
Fire Danger Low in Missoula County!
MCFPA News Release July 3, 2023
Missoula Fire Danger Moderate; Outdoor Burning Closed Effective Immediately
MCFPA News Release August 25, 2023
Fire Danger Lowered to Moderate in Missoula Area; Outdoor Burning Remains Closed
MCFPA News Release July 18, 2023
Fire Danger High in Missoula County
MCFPA News Release Sept 13, 2023
Fall Outdoor Burning Opens in Missoula County
MCFPA News Release Feb 29, 2024
Outdoor Burning Opens March 1 in Missoula County
STAGE II RESTRICTIONS:
Stage II  means no campfires, no smoking outside a vehicle / approved area, no operating combustion engines, welding or explosives and patrols after work in wildlands and no operating vehicles off roads and trails. Read more. 
QUESTIONS ABOUT FIRE-USE RESTRICTIONS:
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.

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.

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MISSOULA COUNTY fire agencies on occasion must implement Fire-Use-Restrictions for local, state and federal lands. These actions range from controlling Outdoor Burning by Permit (use of fire) as well as certain fire-causing actions. These Proclaimed restrictions advance in stages, as described here: 
STAGE I RESTRICTIONS:
In brief, Stage 1 means no campfires or smoking outside vehicles or approved areas. Read more. 
OUTDOOR BURNING CLOSED:
In brief, Burning Closed means no yard debris fires, agriculture or wildland prescribed fires in Missoula County. All Outdoor Burn Permits are suspended. Read more.