Ravalli County Closing of Open Burning Effective Monday July 20, 2020 at 12:01 AM




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.

 Burn Permits Ravalli County:
Open March 1st - November 30th

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/

Residents can also activate their burn permit by calling 1-866-212-6318

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.

Recreational Fires:
 Warming and cooking fires are allowed in Ravalli County if no county burning resolutions are in place. Recreational fires must measure less than 48 inches in diameter, be surrounded by a nonflammable structure and an extinguishing source must be available.  Campfires cannot be left unattended and must be completely extinguished (MCA 76‐13‐123).  

NEW! Ravalli County Fire Council Wildfire Preparedness Resource & Information Pamphlet 
Need help with where to start preparing your home for wildfire season? Need help with technical and financial assistance? 
(some links are under revision and pamphlet will be posted as soon as they are changed)

Sand & Sandbags are at

Westside Station 156 Kinsman Drive, Stevensville, MT

Also at

Etna Station 356 Willoughby Lane, Stevensville, MT   


During a phone outage Stevensville Rural Fire Stations are manned in case there is a 911 emergency.          Public with 911 emergencies should go to their nearest Fire Station during phone outages and find a volunteer firefighter ready to communicate the emergency by radio with Ravalli County 911 Dispach who will send the appropriate emergency service.

Stevensville Rural Fire 406-777-7033 phone line is also an internet line (VOIP) which works even if cell phones do not.  

    Westside Stn      Etna Stn      Sunset Stn   Town/Burnt Fork 

Olson family donates land for new fire station in Ravalli County


The Stevensville Rural Fire District announced the donation of property for the future home of the Sunset Fire Station.


The property was donated by the Olson family. It is located at the corner of North Sunset Bench Road and Chapman Lane.


The Olson family, Wayne, Judy and sons Rex and Robbie, have been involved with the Stevensville Rural Fire District for many years.


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 selfless acts like this that keep communities growing and, in this case, helps with better Fire and EMS protection, said a press release.


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.


Volunteers are always needed and donations to help this needed improvement for the Fire District are always welcome.

For Fire Preparedness information go to: Fire Ready Montana  or go to Fire Wise

In case of Emergencies, Call 911