Hebgen Basin Fire District to Re-Open Burning

For Immediate Release                       Contact: Kerry O’Connell
10/12/2012 2:00 PM                           Phone: 406-582-2092
The Hebgen Basin Fire District will allow open burning on private land beginning October 15th at 8 AM. “With the cooler nights added to the moisture we’ve had this month,” said Scott Waldron, Hebgen Basin Fire Chief, “we think it is appropriate that we lift the ban in our district.” Any residents interested in burning will need to purchase a burn permit either through the Gallatin County Burn Permit website at www.burnpermits.mt.gov or at the Hebgen Basin Fire Station in West Yellowstone.
As of Friday, October 12, 2012, Hebgen Basin is the only fire district in Gallatin County that will re-open burning. “Most of Gallatin County has not received enough moisture yet,” says Kerry O’Connell, Gallatin County Fire Warden. “Typically, weather conditions change during the last two weeks of October which will make more fire districts around the County consider re-opening burning in their jurisdictions.” According to O’Connell, the best way for residents to stay updated is to pay attention to media sources and to check on the burn permit website at www.burnpermits.mt.gov .
Fire districts have the authority to re-open burning on private land within their jurisdictions at any time after Monday, October 15th, weather permitting. This is due to action taken by the Gallatin County Commissioners on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 where they voted to rescind the County-wide burn ban they enacted at the end of June. By rescinding this resolution, recreational fires less than four feet in diameter are once again allowed on private land in Gallatin County. “We urge people to be careful with their campfires and their burn barrels,” says O’Connell. “It’s been a long fire season with several large fires in our area. We won’t see the end of the season until the weather brings us a nice dose of moisture.”

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