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DEQ issues reminders for open burning season

Thursday, March 7, 2019/Categories: Department of Environmental Quality,

HELENA – Montana’s spring/summer burning season began March 1, and DEQ reminds Montanans that only clean, untreated wood and plant material can be burned.


Materials prohibited from open burning include:

  • Food waste
  • Plastic
  • Wood that has been coated, painted, stained or treated
  • Dead animals or animal droppings
  • Rubber materials
  • Chemicals
  • Asphalt shingles and tar paper
  • Pathogenic or hazardous wastes
  • Standing or demolished structures containing prohibited materials listed in Administrative Rules of Montana, Chapter 17. 8, Subchapter 6, “Materials Prohibited from Open Burning”


Before ignition, always check for county-level burn restrictions as a result of cold weather inversions, summer wildfires or other air-quality impacts.


Burners also should contact local fire control authorities – regardless of weather conditions – to learn local fire safety requirements and report the timeframe and location of their planned burn. 


For more information on open burning rules, open burning seasons and state-level permit requirements, visit:


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