Written by The Herald-News
On Sept. 1, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality began its fall smoke management program.
Open burners may burn only during the time periods specified by DEQ, which can be obtained by visiting DEQ's website at www.burnclosures.mt.gov or calling the DEQ Ventilation Hotline at 800-225-6779.
The DEQ will make daily dispersion and air quality forecasts for all airsheds, which are available on the website. Burning will be restricted as necessitated by ventilation and air quality conditions.
The residents of Yellowstone, Flathead, Missoula, Cascade, Lewis and Clark and Lincoln counties and all Indian reservations should contact their local air quality agency for air quality related regulations.
Burners in any county should contact their local authorities prior to ignition during any time of year, to provide notification of the burn and obtain open burning permits as necessary.