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Driscoll, Paul

Montana Fall Open Burning Season Ends

Helena – The Montana fall open burning season ends today. Burning is allowed in the Western Montana Burn Zone with specific permission obtained from the Montana Department of Environmental Quality.  This continues until March 1, 2018.


The Western Montana Burn Zone includes the following counties: Lincoln, Flathead, Sanders, Lake, Mineral, Missoula, Powell, Lewis and Clark, Ravalli, Granite, Deer Lodge, Silver Bow, Jefferson, Broadwater, Beaverhead, Madison, Gallatin and south of I-90 in Park County.


To conduct open burning in the Eastern Montana Open Burning Zone during the winter months, DEQ must be notified by telephone prior to ignition at 406-444-3490.


Residents of Lewis and Clark, Yellowstone, Flathead, Missoula, Lincoln and Cascade counties and all Indian reservations should contact their local air quality agency to understand any local level air quality related open burning rules.


Open burning generally is defined as burning that occurs outdoors and includes things such as burning yard or field waste. It does not include small recreational fires, flares or construction site heaters.


Smoke from open burning can have serious health effects if released to the atmosphere during times of poor ventilation. Every day during the fall and winter season, DEQ reviews the atmospheric conditions across the state and determines where it is safe to burn from an air quality perspective and where burning may cause health impacts. 


For more information, visit the Burn Closures website at: The website has information about what materials can and cannot be burned, frequently asked questions about open burning, state-issued major open burning permits and local contact information.


Before starting fires any time of year, please contact the local authorities to provide notification of the burn and obtain necessary local open burning permits.

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