What are the possible fines?
  • If a person burns without having a permit or for violating rules of a permit they do have, such as failing to activate it as required, violations can be charged under several laws.
  • MCA 7-33-2205 and 2206 deal with the fire seasons and permit requirements. Violations under those codes are a misdemeanor with fines possible up to $500 and/or 6 months in jail. Average fines are approximately $285.
  • If a person burns in a manner that is unsafe, damages property belonging to another, or places anyone in danger of injury or death, the Arson laws apply. Negligent arson, MCA 45-6-102, can be either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances. Misdemeanor charges can cost up to $500 and/or up-to 6 months in jail. Felony charges can cost up to $50,000 and/or up-to 10 years in prison.
  • In all cases, restitution can be ordered separately from the criminal fine. Restitution may include but are not limited to, paying damages to other property owners and paying for the firefighting resources.

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1. Why do we issue permits?
2. Why are we changing the way burn permits are issued?
3. Why is there a cost now for my burn permit?
4. How do I obtain a burn permit?
5. How do I activate my burn permit?
6. What responsibilities am I assuming when I light my burn?
7. What are the possible fines?
8. When can I legally burn?
9. Where can I legally burn?
10. Who can I call if I still have questions?