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Open Burning Information

Holiday Burning Information: The week of December 21 through December 27th will have limited burning opportunities due to staff availability. If you would like to burn during this week please email Kmartin@mt.gov or call 406-444-0283 prior to December 19th. We will place your BIN on a priority list and do our best to approve your burn if dispersion conditions are good.

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: Tuesday, December 16 at 4pm

The pattern for the next few days will be similar to the start of the work week. Inversions will settle in to most valleys overnight leading to moderate air quality impacts that will likely linger well into the afternoon. I expect we will see the same pattern repeat Thursday through Saturday, with air quality impacts slowing getting worse as pollution builds up in the atmosphere. However, because we have seen clearing each afternoon and because volume has been light this week, I will leave all burns as a possible window of opportunity tomorrow. If the 24 hour average concentrations are above 20ug/m3 in the morning, the valley burns will not be permitted. A big change looks to be on the way for the end of the weekend when strong northwest flow moves over the region. As of now dispersion conditions look good Monday and Tuesday next week.

If you plan to burn next week, please call 406-444-0283 as soon as possible. Due to staffing over the holidays we may not be able to accommodate last minute requests.

 
Thursday, December 18, 2014

No window of opportunity

Possible window of opportunity
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Friday, December 19, 2014

No window of opportunity

Possible window of opportunity
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Saturday, December 20, 2014

No window of opportunity

Possible window of opportunity
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Sunday, December 21, 2014

No window of opportunity

Possible window of opportunity
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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