Permits can only be acquired on-line at http://www.firesafekalispell.com. Additionally, a trade waste permit is required when burning any trade waste. Trade wastes include wood or wood products from the contruction or the operations of any business, trade industry, or demolition.
Burners must 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 demolition project. Construction debris is considered a trade waste. Campfires and warming fires (when deemed necessary by weather conditions) are restricted to fires less than four (4) feet in diameter.
Safety Tips for Burning:
Before you burn contact your local fire department to let them know of your plans.
You can find out if it is safe to burn outdoors, if restrictions are in effect or if burn permits are required.
Don't burn outdoors 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 Warning 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 utmost caution to prevent injury to yourself or others. If your fire becomes out of control call 911 immediately.
Consider alternatives to burning.
Some types of debris, such as leaves, grass and stubble may be of more value if they are not burned. Composting can yield valuable organic matter that can be used to enrich the soil, while helping extend the useful life of landfills.
Consider composting or mulching.
Leaves can be composted to produce organically rich soil amendments for gardens and flowerbeds. Branches and larger brush can be chipped and the resultant mulch used in flowerbeds to help hold moisture in the soil. Check for community recycling or chipping projects before opting to burn these materials.
Establish wide firebreaks around piles of leaves and brush 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 fires as they burn down.
Adding fuel gradually will keep fire intensity lower and lessen the chances that material will roll or be lofted over firebreaks into flammable vegetation. Large piles of burning debris generate intense heat capable of carrying relatively heavy burning embers up and away from the fire, perhaps far from the original fire.
Select burn locations 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 including shovels and rakes.
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) regulates smoke emissions from open burning to prevent and/or reduce air quality impacts. The DEQ's rules provide direction for homeowners conducting open burning.
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