Air Quality - Outdoor Burning
Today's burn restrictions:
Outdoor burning is CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO FIRE DANGER in Missoula County.
All outdoor burning requires a permit!
July 2014 - Outdoor Burning Update
As of July 8, 2014, outdoor burning is closed until further notice in Missoula County. The Missoula County Fire Protection Association (MCFPA) closed burning due to increased fire danger in the county. For more information about fire danger, visit the MCFPA web page at http://www.mcfpa.org/.
March 2014 - Outdoor Burning Update
As of March 1st, the general, agricultural and prescribed wildland outdoor burning seasons are open. All burns require a permit, which you may obtain online at the County Burn Permit System website or at your local fire protection agency (check here to see if your local agency will be issuing permits). All permits cost $5. You can pay online with a credit card or electronic check. If you prefer to purchase your permit in person, you may do so at the locations listed here.
Also, don't forget that you can RENEW your permit! All of your information from last year is saved and ready to go. Check your mail for a postcard with your permit number, or call the Missoula City-County Health Department (258-4755) or your local fire protection agency, and we can help you renew your permit!
Before lighting your fire you must activate your permit either online (Burnpermit.mt.gov) or by calling the automated activation phone line at 1-888-583-6497 after 9:00 am on the day you wish to burn. If burning is restricted you will not be able to activate your permit. When dispersion is poor, burn restrictions are required to protect public health.
For more information about the online outdoor burn permit system and burning in Missoula County, you can visit the Missoula Fire Protection Association webpage here or try the demo version for yourself!
Got questions? This FAQ list may have your answers!
Burn restrictions will also be posted on this page.
December 2013 - Outdoor Burning Update
As of December 1st, outdoor burning is CLOSED in Missoula County! Burning will re-open on March 1, 2014.
September 2013 - Outdoor Burning Update
As of September 24th, prescribed wildland and agricultural burning seasons are open. The general outdoor burning season is CLOSED until March 2014. All burns require a permit, which you may obtain online at the County Burn Permit System website or at your local fire protection agency (check here to see if your local agency will be issuing permits). All permits cost $5. You can pay online with a credit card or electronic check. If you prefer to purchase your permit in person, you may do so at the locations listed here.
Outdoor burning may be restricted by impact zones. There are currently two impact zones in Missoula County. Click on the links below for maps of Impact Zones M and SL.
Please call the department at 258-4755 if you have questions about what may be burned and when. As a general rule, only untreated vegetation on untreated wood may be burned.
For information about burning during December, January, or February, contact the department at 258-4755.
You can also download a PDF file for the following Missoula City-County Health Department brochures:
- It's Fall, Why Can't I Burn?
- Wildfire Smoke: A Guide for Public Health Officials
- Prescribed Wildland Burning in Missoula County
- Outdoor Burning Regulations
- Outdoor Burning in Missoula County
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