KALISPELL — The start of the 2018 open burn season for Flathead and northern Lake counties begins March 1. Burn permits are not required between March 1 and April 30, but will be required from May 1 through June 30. Check with Air Quality before each burn at the Flathead City-County Air Quality website or by calling 406-751-8144; the ventilation forecast is updated by 5 each night for the next day. Plan to get all of your burning completed early, as no burning will be allowed during the months of Montana’s fire season in July, August and September.
Spring is a great time to clean up yard and garden debris, to improve the defensible space around homes and prepare for fire season. But, escaped debris and agricultural burns also are the top causes of human-started wildfires in the Flathead Valley, so once the snow melts, be careful, have a plan in place and take care to prevent any escaped debris burns.