Beginning June 3, the citizens of Fergus County, Montana, will be able to buy a burn permit without leaving home.
The Fergus County Burn Permit service is available online at burnpermits.mt.gov. Through the new website, citizens will have instant access to purchase permits, add multiple burn locations to a single permit, and print permits at home or send permits to themselves electronically by entering an email address. The online service accepts both debit and credit cards as well as electronic checks.
“By using the online burn permit system, we reduce the strain on our local resources while giving our citizens easier access to this service,” said Benjamin Phillips, Fergus County Disaster and Emergency Coordinator. “We anticipate that this change will allow Fergus County to better allocate resources where they are most needed.”
Citizens can activate a permit online or by calling the county’s new automated phone system at (833) 312-8102. When a permit holder activates a permit by entering the permit number and the start and stop times of the burn, county fire and emergency personnel are immediately notified. The new service also features an interactive map that allows citizens and county personnel to view all current burn activity within the county.
Citizens may still obtain a burn permit in person at the Fergus County DES Office at 712 W. Main St. in Lewistown. Payment must be made with cash or check for permits purchased in person. Both new and renewed permits cost $5 and are valid through the current calendar year (Jan. 1 through Dec. 31).
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