September 6, 2012
Fall open burning restrictions started September 1
HELENA — On Saturday September 1, 2012, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) began its fall smoke management program. Open burning will be restricted as needed by ventilation and air quality conditions.
Open burners may burn only during the time periods specified by DEQ, which will be posted on DEQ’s special website at www.burnclosures.mt.gov. The department will also make daily dispersion and air quality forecasts for airsheds available at the website. Open burning time periods will also be available by calling the toll-free DEQ Ventilation Hotline at 1-800-225-6779.
The residents of Yellowstone, Flathead, Missoula, Cascade, Lewis and Clark, and Lincoln counties and all Indian reservations should contact their local air quality agency for air quality related regulations. Burners in any county should contact their local authorities prior to ignition during any time of year to provide notification of the burn and obtain open burning permits as necessary.
For more information about air quality regulations visit the DEQ website at www.deq.mt.gov.