Ravalli County Closing of Open Burning Effective Monday July 20, 2020 at 12:01 AM
RESOLUTION NO. 4099
CLOSURE OF OPEN BURNING IN RAVALLI COUNTY
WHEREAS, the BOARD OF RAVALLI COUNTY COMMISSIONERS established a Ravalli County local fire season on February 18, 2020, as per Resolution No. 4087; and
WHEREAS, fire danger in Ravalli County has been increasing and current forecasts predict hot and dry conditions in the area for the foreseeable future; and
WHEREAS, current hot and dry conditions warrant open burning restrictions; and
WHEREAS, the BOARD OF RAVALLI COUNTY COMMISSIONERS held a duly noticed public meeting on July 6, 2020 and July 13, 2020, in order to take public comment on the closure of open burning in Ravalli County; and
WHEREAS, the Ravalli County Fire warden recommends restricting open burning in the interest of public health and safety for the County of Ravalli;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the BOARD OF RAVALLI COUNTY COMMISSIONERS shall prohibit open burning in Ravalli County through the Ravalli County Burn Permit System and closure of the Burn Permit System is hereby effective Monday July 20, 2020 at 12:01 am until further notice.
To learn whether burning is allowed, residents should log in to the burn permit system using the link on the Ravalli County Sheriff's app for mobile devices, or at https://app.mt.gov/burnpermit/
The burn permit system will not allow permits to be activated if burning is not allowed on that particular day, due to low air quality or high fire danger.
Wayne was the chairman of the Stevensville Rural Fire District Board. Robbie was a firefighter and Rex currently holds the position of District Fire Chief. Recognizing the need for a better location and building, they graciously subdivided an acre lot from a parcel they own at the corner of North Sunset Bench Road and Chapman Drive and donated it to the Stevensville Rural Fire District.
It is the intention of the Stevensville Rural Fire District to build a station on the site as soon as funds become available. The new station will be very similar to the recently constructed Etna Fire Station on Willoughby near Eastside Highway.
The Stevensville Rural Fire District Board has recently replaced two older stations and developed an administrative/training facility at the westside fire station site. This was funded by district savings and a loan from Farmers State Bank and did not raise taxes for residents in the district.
The board is proud to have one of the lowest mill levy in the valley. The Sunset Station will replace an existing station that currently has no running water or sewer facilities. The district plans to incorporate a community room that can be used by area groups to have meetings and gatherings as we did at the Etna Fire Station.