DEQ issues reminders for spring burning season

Star Staff
Thursday, March 14, 2019

HELENA — Montana's spring and summer burning season began March 1, and the state Department of Environmental Quality reminds Montanans that only clean, untreated wood and plant material can be burned.

According to a news release, materials prohibited from open burning include food waste, plastic, rubber materials, chemicals, food waste, plastic, dead animals, animal droppings, asphalt, shingles, tar paper, pathogenic wastes, hazardous wastes; wood that has been coated, painted, stained or treated; and 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,” the news release advised.

Burners are also advised to 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.

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