As of May 1, if you want to burn that slash pile, you’ll need a permit . . .
The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation reminds residents that as of Thursday, May 1, a permit will be required for burning any natural yard, wildland or agricultural debris in Flathead County and northern Lake County.
Burn permits are free and available at www.firesafekalispell.com, at several locations including department offices and Flathead Environmental Health, or, for those without Internet access, by calling 752-7376 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Plan ahead because debris burning will be prohibited during July, August and September due to Montana’s fire season.
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If you’ve got a slash pile or whatever that needs burning, you’ll need a burn permit starting May 1 and running through June 30. (No burning is allowed July 1 – September 30.) Here are the highlights . . .
Burn permits are available online at http://www.firesafekalispell.com/. Fill out the online form and a permit will be emailed to you.
If you don’t have Internet access — or don’t know someone who does — several locations can issue burn permits during normal business hours: the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation office in Kalispell at 655 Timberwolf Parkway, the DNRC office in Olney at 7425 U.S. 93 N., Flathead County Environmental Health on the second floor of the Earl Bennett Building at 1035 1st Ave. W. in Kalispell or the Bigfork Fire Department at 810 Grand Ave. in Bigfork.
Permits are free. One permit is required for each location, but the permit is good through June 30.
Have a copy of your permit with you when you burn.
Depending on air quality, there may be burning restrictions on some days. Before you burn, call the Flathead County Air Quality Hotline at 751-8144 or check online at http://flathead.mt.gov/environmentalhealth/burning.php.
You are responsible for any and all suppression costs if a fire escapes your control. Escaped debris burns are the leading cause of all wildfires in Montana. Don’t leave your fire unattended and don’t burn when windy.
Larry Wilson’s column covers a lot of territory this week, including the progress of the spring thaw, planning for the upcoming fire season and, sadly, the passing of Ed Neneman’s father.
Read it at the Hungry Horse News . . .