Bridger Canyon Rural Fire Department

Proud to Serve

Established in 1978, the Bridger Canyon Fire Department has been providing service for the residents of Bridger Canyon for over 30 years. Located at the 8 mile marker on Bridger Canyon Road, BCFD provides service to over 350 homes as well as the Fish Hatchery and Bridger Bowl Ski Resort. We provide Fire Suppression, Medical Response, Hazmat Response, and Rescue, 24/7. Our Volunteers are committed to providing the best service with true professionalism.

A Burn Ban for open burning is currently in effect for the Bridger Canyon fire district until further notice.

Burn Permits

As of 2012 Burn Permits are no longer sold by fire departments, except Central Valley FD. Burn Permits are issued by The Gallatin County Burn Permit service – found at www.BurnPermits.mt.gov. The online service will allow citizens to purchase a burn permit using a debit/credit card or an electronic check. Citizens will also be able to activate their permit online or by calling the county’s new automated phone system at 1-877-306-BURN (2876).

Open Burning is allowed only WITH A PERMIT between March 1st and November 30th. Permit holders are still required to use common sense and follow SPECIFIC GUIDELINES when burning. This includes notifying when the burn will occur and taking necessary safety measures to contain the burn. Your burn must be attended.

The following materials are PROHIBITED:

  • Food wastes
  • Animal droppings
  • Treated lumber
  • Styrofoam
  • Plastics
  • Dead animals or animal parts
  • Pathogenic wastes
  • Hazardous materials
  • Materials resulting from salvage operations
  • Automobile or aircraft bodies and interiors
  • Insulated wire
  • Oil and petroleum products
  • Standing or demolished structure
  • Wastes generating noxious odors
  • Poultry litter
  • Tires
  • Rubber material
  • Tar paper
  • Chemicals
  • Asphalt shingles
  • Asbestos or asbestos-containg material

Burning in Bridger Canyon

In light of recent events, there has been a wealth of misinformation regarding burn permits. This page was set up to help clarify some of this. If your questions are not answered here, please contact us.

  1. Bridger Canyon Fire Department did NOT issue a burn permit on September 26, 2009.
  2. Burn Permits for the County are issued through local fire departments and the Forest Service for your convenience.
  3. You can purchase a burn permit for example from Fort Ellis FD and use it in Three Forks.
  4. Burning in the County is permitted unless there is a burn ban in effect. See below for more information on conditions.
  5. Burning in Gallatin County is permitted from March 1st through November 30th.
  6. You do not need to burn on the day you purchase a permit. You can purchase a permit say in April and decide not to burn until November.
  7. With burning there are risks!

On the permit are “Fire Control Restrictions and Duties in Gallatin County.”

Number 2 states – Preparation for fires. Before a fire is set, the Permit Holder or Designee shall ensure that adequate fire suppression equipment and personnel are present for fire control for the duration of the burn.

Number 3 states – Safe conditions. No fire shall be set if wind or other weather conditions make it hazardous to burn.

Number 5 states – Control of Fire. The Permit Holder or Designee shall not leave the immediate fire area until the fire has completely burned out, that is, with no embers or smoke remaining.

These are just a few of the restrictions and duties that are imposed on people who decide to burn in Gallatin County. The Permit Holder agrees to these restrictions and duties when they sign and pay for their permit. If you have any further questions, please contact us.