Burn Permit

There are a number of State, County, and Local statutes, codes, and ordinances that govern the use of fire within the City of Whitefish and the Whitefish Rural Fire Service Area.  Because of fire's hazards to persons and property, the Whitefish Fire Department has created a number Fire Safety Guidelines to assist the public with the safe use of fire.  These guidelines are available through the City's website or at the City's Fire Station located at 275 Flathead Ave, Whitefish, Montana. 

As stated in the City Codes 4-2-5 it is unlawful to burn papers, paper goods, carbon, rubbish, solid waste, organic debris, or any other type of combustible matters outdoors within the city. A Burn Permit is required for open burning within City Limits and be applied for at the City Clerk's Office.

Open Burning Ordinance Conditions

  • Minimum of two (2) acres required per single parcel of land.
  • A permit may be issued where twenty (20) yards or more of wood fires have accumulated from logging or clearing of insect infected timber.
  • Permits will rarely be issued to anyone wishing to burn trade waste, things other than brush, grass, and small diameter tree clippings.  Those wishing to do so must also receive a permit from the Flathead City/County Health Department

Date Requirements

March 1 - April 30 PERMIT REQUIRED within City Limits, plus Air Quality Approval.  Open Burning, you must check with the Flathead City/County Health Department for current air quality conditions, then notify Police Dispatch prior to all ignitions
May 1 - June 30 PERMIT REQUIRED within City Limits: from City and DNRC.  Air Quality approval necessary.  PERMIT required outside City Limits: From DNRC, Air Quality approval necessary.  
July 1 - September 30 NO OPEN BURNING: Season Closed
October 1 - November 31 PERMIT REQUIRED within City Limits, plus Air Quality Approval. No Permit outside the City, Air Quality Approval necessary.  
December 1 - February 28 NO OPEN BURNING: Season Closed

For Air Quality Approval, call the Air Quality Hotline at 406-751-8144

 

City of Whitefish Open Burning Permit Requirements

 

General Guidelines for Fire Permits

OPEN BURNING PERMIT REQUIRED
BONFIRES PERMIT REQUIRED
OUTDOOR FIREWORKS/PYROTECHNICS PERMIT REQUIRED 
INDOOR FIREWORKS/PYROTECHNICS PERMIT REQUIRED
RECREATIONAL FIRES Generally NO PERMIT REQUIRED
OUTDOOR OPEN-FLAME COOKING DEVICES Generally NO PERMIT
INDOOR OPEN FLAME  Contact the Fire Marshal for requirements.

 

Fire Safety Guideline - Recreational Fires