Open burning season closes April 30, 2018.
Starting May 1, 2018 - June 30, 2018 a permit will be required for burning.
Permits can only be acquired on-line at: http://firesafekalispell.com. Additionally, a trade waste permit is required when burning any trade waste. Trade waste includes wood or wood products from the construction or the operations of any business, trade industry, or demolition.
Before burning please call 751-8144, the Ventilation and Burning Hotline, daily to know if there are any burning restrictions. The Hotline is updated by 8:30am daily and by 5:00pm on Fridays for the weekend. Prohibited materials that may not be disposed of by open burning include, but are not limited to: all manmade materials, treated materials, wood and wood by-products, trade wastes produced by any business, trade industry, or demoliton project. Construction debris is considered a trade waste.
Safety Tips for Burning:
- Before you burn please contact your local fire department to let them know you are planning on burning. They can update you if it is safe to burn outdoors, if there are any current fire restrictions, or if burn permits are required.
- Don't burn out doors during dry, windy weather when vegetation in the vicinity is dry and fire-prone. It may only take a very small spark or burning ember to ignite dry vegetation. Winds may not only carry the burning material into surrounding vegetation but also fan the flames and spread the fire rapidly.
- Be sure to watch for Red Flag Warnings. Red Flag Warrning means high fire danger with increased probability of a quickly spreading vegetation fire occuring.
- Stay informed about possible weather changes. Gusty winds and changes in wind direction often accompany the passage of weather fronts. Thunderstorms may also generate strong gusts and downdrafts. Outdoor burning should be postponed when gusty winds are present or expected to occur during the time that burning would be in progress.
- Stay with your fire. Should your fire escape, you may be able to stop its spread before it becomes large enough to require additional personnel and equipment to contain it. Use utmose caution to prevent injury to yourself or others. If your fire becomes out of control call 911 immediately.
- Establish wide firebreaks around piles of leaves and brush that are to be burned. Firebreaks should be free of vegetation and wide enough to contain burning embers that may fall or roll from the pile. The larger the pile to be burned, the wider the firebreak should be.
- Keep debris piles small, gradually adding to the fire as they burn. Adding fuel gradually will keep the fire intensity lower and lessen the chances that material will roll or be lofted over the firebreaks into flammable vegetation. Large piles of burning debris generate intense heat cable of carrying relatively heavy burning embers up and away fromt he fire, perhaps far fromt the orginal fire.
- Select a burn location away from overhanging branches and utility lines. Intense heat rising from a fire could ignite leaves and branches of trees or damage overhead lines and disrupt essential utility services.
- Keep water and equipment handy. Have an available supply of water on hand to use in case your fire should get away. Have fire extinguishing tools on hand inculding shovels and rakes.
- Smoke: Debris burning generates smoke which may create or contribute to poor air quality. For some individuals, smoke is merely a nuisance, but for others, smoke is a dangerous pollutant triggering serious respiratory problems. The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) requlates smoke emissions from open burning to prevent and/or reduce air quality impacts. The DEQ's rules provide direction for homeowners conducting open burning.
If no restrictions are in place, a permit is not needed for campfires measuring less than 48 inches in diameter.
- Recreational campfires are allowed year-round when no restrictions are in place.
- A campfire must be constructed in an area free of flammable materials; check for overhanging branches.
- Do not allow your campfire to spread beyond the established ring, pit, grate or container.
- A shovel, or other fire tools, and a sufficient amount of water to extinguish the fire must be on site.
- Never leave a campfire unattended, and make sure it is DEAD OUT before vacating the site.
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