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Feb 27, 2014


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Chris Saeger
Director's Office


Spring/Summer Open Burning Season Starts on March 1


Spring and summer open burning season begins Saturday, March 1, 2014 and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) reminds people that only clean, untreated wood and plant material can be burned legally.

DEQ recommends that people contact their county health departments before they start open burning to find out if there are any county air quality requirements that apply to them, especially in Lewis and Clark, Missoula, Lincoln, Flathead, and Yellowstone counties.

In order to protect air quality, it is illegal to burn, among other things, the following items:

• Food waste;
• Plastics;
• Wood that has been coated, painted, stained, or treated;
• Dead animals or animal droppings;
• Rubber materials;
• Chemicals;
• Asphalt shingles;
• Tar paper;
• Pathogenic or hazardous wastes;
• Standing or demolished structures containing prohibited materials.

All burners should contact local fire control authorities before open burning any time of the year to get information on local fire safety requirements, and to notify authorities of the location and time of their burns.

For more information on air quality related rules for open burning, open burning seasons, and state permit requirements please see DEQ’s website at

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