Low. Fire starts are unlikely. Weather and fuel conditions will lead to slow fire spread, low intensity, and relatively easy control with light mop up. Controlled burns can usually be executed with reasonable safety.
Moderate. Some wildfires may be expected. Expect moderate flame length and rate of spread. Control is usually not difficult and light to moderate mop up can be expected. Although controlled burning can be done without creating a hazard, routine caution should be taken.
High. Wildfires are likely. Fires in heavy, continuous fuel, such as mature grassland, weed fields, and forest litter, will be difficult to control under windy conditions. Control through direct attack may be difficult but possible, and mop up will be required. Outdoor burning should be restricted to early morning and late evening hours.
Very High. Fires start easily from all causes and may spread faster than suppression resources can travel. Flame lengths will be long with high intensity, making control very difficult. Both suppression and mop up will require an extended and very thorough effort. Outdoor burning is not recommended.
Extreme. Fires will start and spread rapidly. Every fire start has the potential to become large. Expect extreme, erratic fire behavior. NO OUTDOOR BURNING SHOULD TAKE PLACE IN AREAS WITH EXTREME FIRE DANGER.
The following acts are prohibited under Stage I Fire Restrictions
Stage I Exemptions:
The following acts are prohibited under Stage II Fire Restrictions
Stage II Exemptions:
A Carbon County fire restriction exemption can be applied for under Stage I or II Restrictions. The application must be approved by the Fire Chief of the local Rural Fire District. Complete the form below to request an exemption.
Burn permits may be purchased at www.burnpermits.mt.gov using a credit/debit card or electronic check. Permits may also be purchased at the following locations (normal business hours) with a personal check or cash:
Burn permits may be activated at www.burnpermits.mt.gov or by calling 1-844-286-7968. You will need your burn permit number and the approximate start and end times of your burn.
A burn permit is needed year-round if you intend on conducting a slash-burning fire, land-clearing fire, debris-burning fire or any other type of open fire greater than 48 inches in diameter.
A burn permit costs $5.00 and is good for the calendar year. Permits must be renewed annually after the 1st of the year. You may burn multiple times and at multiple locations under the same permit.
Yes. Just be sure to include the address or latitude/longitude of additional burn locations when purchasing the permit.
Yes, fires measuring less than 48 inches in diameter that are surrounded by nonflammable area or structure (i.e., fire ring) are allowed without a burn permit. This assumes no county-wide fire restrictions are in place.
Yes, the incorporated communities of Bearcreek, Bridger, Joliet, Fromberg, and Red Lodge have adopted the County Burn Permit System. Residents in those communities can obtain and activate their permit at www.burnpermits.mt.gov.