Dates & Guidelines

Date Requirements

Date RangeRequirements
March 1 through April 30Permit required within city limits, plus Air Quality Approval. Open Burning, you must check with the Flathead City/County Health Department for current air quality conditions, then notify Police Dispatch prior to all ignitions
May 1 through June 30Permit Required Within City Limits: from City and DNRC. Air Quality approval necessary. Permit required outside City Limits: From DNRC, Air Quality approval necessary.
July 1 through September 30No Open Burning: Season Closed
October 1 through November 31Permit required within City Limits, plus Air Quality Approval. No Permit outside the City, Air Quality Approval necessary.
December 1 through February 28No Open Burning: Season Closed

For Air Quality Approval, call the Air Quality Hotline at 406-751-8144

General Guidelines for Fire Permits

Permit TypeRequirements
BonfiresPermit Required
Indoor Fireworks/PyrotechnicsPermit Required
Indoor Open FlameContact the Fire Marshal for requirements.
Open BurningPermit Required
Outdoor Fireworks/PyrotechnicsPermit Required
Outdoor Open-Flame Cooking DevicesGenerally no permit
Recreational FiresGenerally, no permit required