Seasonal Information

Your firefighters remind citizens that the use of most fireworks within City limits is illegal. Exceptions are novelties: party poppers, snappers, toy smoke devices, snakes and glow worms, and sparklers. The ordinance will be enforced. You can view more information on these novelties by clicking here. Questions regarding fireworks regulations can be answered by the Fire Prevention Bureau at 406-552-6210.

Winter Months

Holidays Tips
Snow Removal - Fire Hydrants and Exit Doors
  • Residents with a fire hydrant located in front of their home are asked to clean snow away from the hydrants when they clear their sidewalk or driveway.
  • Having hydrants that can be easily accessed by the Fire Department allows firefighters to use valuable time fighting a fire versus finding a hydrant. Hydrants should have three feet, or one meter, of clearance around them whenever possible.
  • Our Fire Prevention Bureau finds many exit doors blocked by snow. All doors should be checked to make sure they can open and are not blocked by snow.
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Open Space Restrictions and/or Closures

All open fires including campfires are prohibited throughout the year by the City of Missoula Open Space / Conservation Lands. Open space restrictions and closures are implemented only in situations where the public’s safety and firefighter safety is at great risk.

The Missoula Fire Department works with surrounding agencies who provide fire protection and/or manage public lands to implement and/or rescind restrictions and closures of city-owned property. This is accomplished by our participation in the Missoula County Fire Protection Association (MCFPA). During the fire season, MCFPA representatives meet every Monday morning to analyze and discuss information relating to fire conditions. This includes weather, fuel conditions, resource availability, and other factors that influence restrictions and closures.

Per Montana State law, the Mayor of Missoula has the authority to proclaim an emergency. When surrounding agencies implement fire restrictions, and when advised by the MCFPA, the mayor shall consider the application of these same restrictions to City of Missoula open space/conservation lands.

Long-term Danger
Restrictions and closures are implemented in regards to long-term danger. As conditions warrant, and in consultation with surrounding agencies and the MCFPA, the mayor may rescind the emergency proclamation restricting and/or closing City of Missoula open space / conservation lands.

Elementary School Fire Safety Programs
In October each year during Fire Prevention Week, engine companies and fire safety puppet shows make several visits to Missoula's elementary schools to help teach fire safety to grade-schoolers. Please contact our Fire Prevention Bureau if you would like to schedule such a visit.

During April, the Missoula County Fire Protection Agency's Fire Safety Trailer visits Missoula County schools and teaches fire and home safety.
Home Cooking Fires Peak on Thanksgiving
NFPA urges attention to safety when preparing holiday meals.