During the Winter Season (December 1 – February 28), 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. **** Change the status of any existing approved burns to completed and enter burned acres***
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):
1. Please call or email Katie Alexander with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality AT LEAST THREE DAYS BEFORE you would like to burn to discuss possible burn windows.
2. Propose the burn in AMS by 1200 MDT the day prior to ignition.
3. The morning of ignition, call/email Katie Alexander to obtain final approval.
Contact information for Katie is 406-444-0283 or Katherine.firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do not hear back within two hours, please call 406-444-6257.
1. 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 = Burning is restricted by local ordinances or agreements or Fire Safety Restrictions in and around this location. Call your local Idaho DEQ Office if you would like to discuss options/exceptions.
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