Skip Navigation Links Home / Air Quality / Open Burn Restrictions

Open Burning Information

Open Burning Frequently Asked Questions

Open Burning Seasons Cheat Sheet

Why Can't I Burn?

 

Winter Burning Season (December 1 - February 28):

During the winter season all burners must:

  1. Obtain a permit from your local county fire control authority (many counties can be found here)
  2. Submit an “Winter Time Open Burning Request Form” to the DEQ. Call 406-444-3490 or download the PDF or Word version.
  3. Receive a Burn Identification Number (BIN) if your request is approved
  4. Check the burnclosures.mt.gov website at least 24 hours before you would like to burn:
    1. If your BIN is listed under “Possible Window of Opportunity”, call 406-444-0283 to create a burn plan.
    2. Call again the morning of your burn for final approval.
    3. If your burn is listed under “No Window of Opportunity”, please check back on another day.
  5. Once your burn is complete please call 406-444-0283 to remove your BIN from the website.

Current Burning Opportunities:

 These opportunities are listed between 3 to 5 days in advance and updated daily. Please call 406-444-0283 prior to ignition for final approval. 

Dispersion Discussion

Posted: Friday, February 27, 2015

Open Burning Season Begins Sunday. 

Inversions are lingering in many valleys this morning due to the cold overnight temperatures. So far the air quality concentrations have remained good at monitored locations so I will keep burning opportunities open on Friday. Winds are expected to pick up later today through Saturday as a disturbance moves through. Most precipitation will stay to the south and west of Montana, but the increased winds should create good dispersion conditions for the end of burning season. 

Cold temperatures on Sunday morning may cause inversions in many valleys. Burners should wait until inversions lift before igniting if low clouds/hazy conditions are present in their valley. A storm moving through on Monday afternoon through Tuesday should create good dispersion conditions before a ridge moves in on Wednesday and air quality impacts may return. 

If you would like to burn on Saturday, please call before 4pm on Friday.

 

Friday, February 27 through Saturday, February 28, 2015

No window of opportunity
 

Possible window of opportunity

01-001
01-002
02-001
02-002
02-004
02-005
04-001
04-002
04-003
04-004
04-007
04-008
04-009
04-010
04-011
04-012
04-013
04-014
04-015
04-016
04-017
04-018
04-019
04-020
05-001
05-002
05-003
05-004
06-001
06-002
06-003
06-004
06-006
06-007
06-008
06-009
06-010
06-011
06-012
06-013
06-014
06-015
06-016
06-017
06-018
06-019
06-020
06-021
06-022
06-023
06-024
06-025
06-026
06-027
06-028
06-029
06-030
06-031
06-032
06-033
06-034
06-035
06-036
06-037
06-038
06-039
06-040
06-041
06-042
07-001
07-002
07-003
07-004
07-005
07-006
07-008
07-009
07-010
07-011
07-012
07-013
07-014
07-016
07-017
07-018
07-020
07-021
07-022
07-023
08a-001
08a-002
08a-004
08a-005
08a-006
08a-008
08a-009
08a-010
08a-011
08a-012
08a-013
08a-014
08a-015

Additional Winter Burning Information:

 Between December 1 and February 28, the state is divided into two separate zones:

Western Montana Zone:
Lincoln, Flathead, Sanders, Lake, Mineral, Missoula, Powell, Lewis and Clark, Ravalli, Granite, Deer Lodge, Silver Bow, Jefferson, Broadwater, Beaverhead, Madison, Gallatin, Park (south of I-90)
 




I’m in the western zone. What do I do?
Burner is required to first submit a written request to the Department. Burning is always encouraged before December 1 or after February 28. Only essential winter burning will be considered. To receive the written request form, please call 406-444-3490. Burners may only burn during the times specified by the Department.

Why can't I burn?

Eastern Montana Zone:
Glacier, Pondera, Teton, Cascade, Meagher, Wheatland, Park (north of I-90), Toole, Liberty, Hill, Choteau, Blaine, Judith Basin, Fergus, Sweet Grass, Stillwater, Carbon, Golden Valley, Big Horn, Yellowstone, Musselshell, Petroleum, Phillips, Valley, Garfield, Treasure, Rosebud, Powder River, Carter, Custer, Fallon, Prairie, Wibaux, Dawson, McCone, Richland, Roosevelt, Sheridan, Daniels

I’m in the eastern zone. What do I do?
Burner is only required to notify the Department prior to ignition. To notify the Department, and to check for any restrictions, call 406-444-3490.
 

 

Thank you for working with the Air Resources Management Bureau to accomplish your burn.  

 

County Air Quality Open Burning Programs

Some counties may have air quality related open burning programs that are approved by the Board of Environmental Review.  Please refer to these counties for air quality related open burning requirements:

Missoula County - 406-258-4755
     Missoula County Open Burning Hotline:  406-258-4900
     Northern Missoula County Open Burning Hotline:  406-677-2899

Flathead County  – 406-751-8144

Yellowstone County – 406-256-6841

Cascade County – 406-454-6800

Lincoln County – 406-283-2443 
     Lincoln County Flyer 

  

Additional Links

Weather, Air Quality, and Open Burning Brochure

Near real time air quality monitoring information:
http://www.todaysair.mt.gov

Minor Open Burning Requirements Flyer:
http://deq.mt.gov/AirQuality/OpenBurn/OpenBurningPinkSheetFlyer.pdf

State Air Quality Open Burning Permits Webpage:
http://deq.mt.gov/AirQuality/airOpenBrn.mcpx

Open Burning Rules:
http://deq.mt.gov/dir/legal/Chapters/CH08-06.PDF

Visibility Ranges and Health Effects Categories:
http://deq.mt.gov/FireUpdates/VisibilityRanges.mcpx

Winter Air Quality Updates:
http://deq.mt.gov/AirQuality/AQWinter/default.mcpx

Recommendations for safely and effectively using wood burning devices:
http://www.epa.gov/burnwise/

Wildfire Smoke:
http://deq.mt.gov/FireUpdates/default.mcpx

State Issued Major Open Burning Permits:
http://deq.mt.gov/AirQuality/SmokeManagement.mcpx