It’s Burn Permit Season – Watch for Fire
Don't be surprised to see more smoke in the valley as it's burn permit season in Gallatin County. Here are the rules involved in activating a burn permit:
Burn permits can be obtained online at gallatinburnpermits.com or in person at the following locations and activated each day you burn:
- Bozeman Fire Department, 34 North Rouse in Bozeman
- Central Valley Fire District, 215 Wings Way in Belgrade
- Gallatin County Treasurer’s Office, 311 West Main, Room 103 in Bozeman
- Three Forks Library, 607 North Main in Three Forks
- Open burning is allowed by Gallatin County Burn Permit between March 1st and November 30 of each year.
- During this time frame burn permits are required.
- Natural vegetation is allowed to be burned with a valid activated burn permit.
- Burn Barrels by themselves are legal and do not require a burn permit, however what people often burn in them is not legal.
- When conditions are not favorable for burning, the fire chief of your fire protection agency may shut down open burning to reduce the potential for a fire to get out of control.
- In extreme conditions a burn ban may be implemented restricting all open flames.
- Gallatin County does not utilize the Stage 1 and Stage 2 Fire Restriction system. Instead, either burning is open or closed (we find this easier to understand) and in very rare situations the County Commission may institute a complete burn ban.