Don't be surprised to see more smoke in the valley as it's burn permit season in Gallatin County. Here are the rules involved in activating a burn permit:

Burn permits can be obtained online at or in person at the following locations and activated each day you burn:

  • Bozeman Fire Department, 34 North Rouse in Bozeman
  • Central Valley Fire District, 215 Wings Way in Belgrade
  • Gallatin County Treasurer’s Office, 311 West Main, Room 103 in Bozeman
  • Three Forks Library, 607 North Main in Three Forks
  • Open burning is allowed by Gallatin County Burn Permit between March 1st and November 30 of each year.
  • During this time frame burn permits are required.
  • Natural vegetation is allowed to be burned with a valid activated burn permit.
  • Burn Barrels by themselves are legal and do not require a burn permit, however what people often burn in them is not legal.
  • When conditions are not favorable for burning, the fire chief of your fire protection agency may shut down open burning to reduce the potential for a fire to get out of control.
  • In extreme conditions a burn ban may be implemented restricting all open flames.
  • Gallatin County does not utilize the Stage 1 and Stage 2 Fire Restriction system. Instead, either burning is open or closed (we find this easier to understand) and in very rare situations the County Commission may institute a complete burn ban.
Burn Permit fire - GCEM

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