During the Winter Season (December 1 - February 28), some smoke management decision support for member burners, including meteorology and notification of any open burning restrictions, are no longer coordinated or communicated via the Airshed Management System. It is the responsibility of the burner to comply with any/all restrictions/regulations issued by county, state, and tribal coordinators/officials. It is the responsibility of the burner to check the applicable open burning information for their geographic area prior to ignition.
Burners must follow the following instructions depending on the location of the burn:
From December 1st through February 28th, winter burning MUST HAVE DIRECT APPROVAL from the Montana Department of Environmental Quality. If you would like to burn in the winter (Dec. 1 - Feb 28): Please call or email Aaron Ofseyer with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality AT LEAST THREE DAYS BEFORE you would like to burn to discuss possible burn windows. Propose the burn in AMS by 1200 MDT the day prior to ignition. The morning of ignition, confirm approval status via AMS website. Contact information for Aaron is 406-444-0283 or email@example.com. If you do not hear back within two hours, please call 406-444-3490.
Propose the burn in AMS by 1200 MDT the day prior to ignition
The morning of ignition, check for local restrictions map. Visit: http://www2.deq.idaho.gov/air/AQIPublic/Map/OutdoorBurn
Follow the Outdoor Burning Condition for required burn approval
Green Condition = Burning Unrestricted
Yellow Condition = This usually denotes poor atmospheric conditions exist and open burning should be delayed. Burning may also be restricted by local ordinances or agreements in and around this location. Call Sally Hunter at 208-373-0181 or your local Idaho DEQ Office if you would like to discuss options/exceptions to burn under “yellow”.
Red Condition = No Burning Per State Rule or No burning per a local ordinance triggered by DEQ forecast or measured air quality data.
To assist in planning burners can check the air quality forecast for your area for the following day to see if air quality forecast may restrict burning here: http://www2.deq.idaho.gov/air/AQIPublic/Forecast?siteId=1
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Last dispersion forecast of the season
Friday and Saturday are a bit more unsettled so central and eastern ID through southwest and central and eastern MT will have better dispersion. Even some better dispersion through the Snake River Plain due to winds.
Sunday is more stable before another a cold front impacts mainly southwest and central and eastern MT. ID dispersion looks to stay POOR.
Dan Borsum - Northern Rockies Predictive Services Meteorologist.