March 1, 2023
Patrick Lonergan, Gallatin County Chief of Emergency Management and Fire
Open Burning Season in Gallatin County Begins March 1
The open burning season in Gallatin County begins on Wednesday, March 1.
Open burning requires the purchase and activation of a burn permit, which can be obtained at www.gallatinburnpermits.com.
Permits can also be picked up in person at the following locations:
- Bozeman Fire Department – 34 N. Rouse Ave., Bozeman
- Central Valley Fire District – 215 Wings Way, Belgrade
- Gallatin County Treasurer’s Office – 311 W. Main St., room 103, Bozeman
- Three Forks Community Library – 607 S. Main St., Three Forks
Open burning season runs March 1 through Nov. 30 each year. Remember – ensure you are properly equipped to manage your fire. You are ultimately fiscally responsible for any escaped fires and the resulting damage.
Once you receive and activate your permit, check the weather. Don’t burn on dry, windy days, and stay aware of conditions as they may change throughout the day. And ensure you’re burning your debris in a cleared area away from overhead branches and wires.
When conditions are not favorable for burning, the fire chief for your area shut down open burning to reduce the potential of a fire to get out of control. You can always check the status of open burning in your fire district by visiting www.gallatinburnpermits.com.
One new feature this year, after numerous requests, is a readily available public map, which shows all of the activated permits on any given day in Gallatin County. Anyone (permit holder or not) can view the map by going to either www.gallatinburnpermits.com (map is towards the bottom of the page), or to the Gallatin County Emergency Management website, www.readygallatin.com, clicking on the “Burn Permits” button, and finding the map just below the list of fire districts and their open burning status.
Find more information about open burning, including what you’re allowed to burn, visit our website.