Burn Permits and Fire Safety Guidelines
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 hazards to persons and property, the Whitefish Fire Department has created a number of Fire Safety Guidelines to assist the public with the safe use of fire. These guidelines are available here or at the City’s Fire Station located at 275 Flathead Avenue, Whitefish, Montana.
Open Burning in the fall begins October 1 and ends November 30. Permits are $25 and are required for open burning within City limits. More information about open burning can be found here.
Check the Air Quality Hotline prior to burning at (406) 751-8144. Due to the possibility of wind, higher temperatures, and low humidity, no new ignitions will be allowed after 10:00 AM. All burn piles must be completely extinguished and cold to the touch by 6:00 PM.
General Guidelines for Fire Permits
|Indoor Fireworks/Pyrotechnics||Permit Required|
|Indoor Open Flame||Contact the Fire Marshal for requirements: 406-863-2481|
|Open Burning||Permit Required|
|Outdoor Fireworks/Pyrotechnics||Permit Required|
|Outdoor Open-Flame Cooking Devices||Generally, no permit required|
|Recreational Fires||Generally, no permit required|
As stated in the City Codes 4-2-5 (PDF) it is unlawful to burn:
- Organic Debris
- Paper Goods
- Solid Waste
- Any other type of combustible matter outdoors within the City
Open Burning Ordinance Conditions
- A minimum of two acres is required.
- A permit may be issued where 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.