As of last Tuesday, Central Valley, Three Forks, Willow Creek, Clarkston, and Gallatin River Ranch have closed their fire districts to any open burning that requires a burn permit.

As the weather continues in a warm and dry trend, fire officials are concerned that the fire danger is too high in some areas for residents to safely burn. Several fire districts are watching the weather closely and may be closing their districts to any burning that requires a burn permit. Permits are required in Gallatin County to burn natural vegetative material accumulated in a pile that is greater than four feet in diameter. Campfires do not require a burn permit.

Fire activity is starting to increase around the state and fire officials in Gallatin County urge residents to use caution with any open flame. At this time of year fires can spread quickly in dry fuels. Residents are encouraged to delay their open burning activities until the weather changes and to be aware that they may not be able to activate their burn permits during the remainder of the fire season. Permits can be activated at if your fire district is still allowing open burning.