Fire Districts

Emergency Services Home Burn Permits

The Board of County Commissioners of Powell County, Montana hereby declare that there is no longer an emergency within Powell County by reason of the extreme fire danger.  Stage 1 and Stage 2 fire restrictions are lifted effective immediately at 11:00 A.M. Mountain Daylight Time on Monday, September 18, 2017. Burn permit activation will not be allowed until fire conditions continue to improve, possibly by the end of September. Please check for Powell County burn permit activation status.

: The Powell County Fire Council is a leadership group responsible for the planning oversight of all County initiatives to reduce fire hazards within the County. This group coordinates information and then advises the Board of Commissioners on the fire danger and recommends the appropriate fire restriction level.

Minor Open Burning Source Requirements

Burning permits required.  Burn Permits may be purchased online for $5.00 with a credit card.  Click here to go to the Montana Burn Permit and Notification service website. More information and burn permit purchases for $5.00 cash can be obtained at the Powell County Planning Office in Suite 101 of the Powell County Courthouse. They may be reached by telephone at 406-846-9795.

For information regarding burning, contact the Fire Chief of the jurisdiction of the burn or the one adjacent to the burn (see below). If further assistance is needed, please contact the Powell County Fire Warden or Deputy Fire Warden.

2016 Powell County Wildland Fire Annual Operating Plan

Deer Lodge Rural Fire District will meet the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Deer Lodge Fire Hall

Group Membership

Earl Hall, County Fire Warden - 406-241-8440
William Baker, Deputy Fire Warden - 406-793-5746

Click HERE for a map of all Fire Districts. Big plot maps may be obtained from the Planning Office for $24.00 each. All GIS data can be requested from the Powell County GIS Analyst. Questions on the fire district boundaries can be addressed by the Fire Chief of each District or by the Clerk and Recorder. 


Click here for Fire Districts and Agency Protection Boundaries map

Click here for an interactive Fire District Map

Fire Chief Master List

Avon Volunteer Fire District:

Map of District

Reece Price
cell - 406-431-8492
Avon, MT 59713

Ovando Fire District: 

Map of District

Dan Massee
Ovando, MT 59854

Helmville Fire District:

Map of District

Ty Daniels
PO Box 69
Helmville, MT 59843

Race Track Valley Fire District:

Map of District

Elmer McGhee
6959 S. Frontage Rd
Deer Lodge, MT 59722

Elliston Fire District:

Map of District

Bill Thomas
work - 406-492-6391
PO Box 65FD
Elliston, MT 59728

Deer Lodge Fire Department / District:

Map of District

Andy Scharf, Fire Chief

Brant Pierson (assistant)

Garrison Fire District:

Map of District

Tom Gilbert, Fire Chief 
cell:  406-560-1253
Garrison, MT 59731

Chuck Gilman (Burning Permits)
42 Westwood Rd
Garrison, MT 59731

Rock Creek Cattle Co. Fire District:

Map of District

Rick Hathaway
988 Rock Creek Cattle Rd
Deer Lodge, MT 59722

Rural Valley Fire District:

Map of District


163 E Front St
Drummond, MT 59832 


Anaconda Unit:

DNRC National Fire Plan

Mike Myers
Fire Supervisor
1300 Maguire Rd
Anaconda, MT 59711

Garrison Unit:

Johnathan Clark
406-846-1946 or 406-846-1965
Fire Forester


Grant-Kohrs Ranch, NHS 


406-846-2070 ext 221
226 Warren Ln
Deer Lodge, MT 59722