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Some Communities now allow Fire Permits to be obtained online.
The online permits are available for your convenience,
and there is a small fee which is used to maintain the online program.
Paper permits are still available at no cost through your Forest Fire Warden.



The main causes of Wildfires

 in New Hampshire
 
are illegal or improperly extinguished fires.



To learn more about Fire Causes - Click Here



KNOW BEFORE YOU BURN
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Today's Predicted Fire Danger




 

Laws and Regulations

Per RSA 227-L:17, the state of New Hampshire requires anyone who wishes to burn clean, ordinary combustibles such as leaves, brush or untreated lumber, or have a camp or cooking fire to have written permission from the landowner and a written fire permit from the local forest fire warden or local fire department in the town or city where the fire will be kindled.

 

For a synopsis of the rules and answers to commonly asked question – Fire Law Brochure

An attended fire is a safe fire!
 

Commonly asked Questions

Where do I obtain a Fire Permit?

Fire Permits are obtained locally through the Forest Fire Warden, Deputy Warden’s and Issuing Agents. You can contact your Town Office or Fire Department to find out who your town Forest Fire Warden is. 

We currently have a pilot Online Fire Permit Program with some municipalities.  Click Here for more information.

 How much does a Fire Permit cost?

There is no cost to obtain a written fire permit from a Warden, Deputy Warden or Issuing Agent.

The cost of an online permit is $3.00 - The online system is in addition to, and not a replacement of, the paper permit you can currently obtain from your town at no cost. 

 When is a Fire Permit Required?

A Fire Permit is required anytime there is not a 100 foot radius of complete snow cover around the fire.

High winds and an unextinguished fire results in a wildfire!

Don't let this happen to you! 
Talk with your Fire Warden and obtain a permit.
 

What time can a fire be kindled?

Fires may only be kindled after 5:00 p.m. and must be extinguished before 9:00 a.m. 

There are two exemptions to this:

 1: When the Forest Fire Warden determines that conditions are appropriate Category I (Campfire) permits may allow for a small (under 2 foot diameter) fire to be burned during the day. 

 2: When there is continuous rain fall, however, the fire must be extinguished when the rain stops and depending on what town you are burning in, there may be some variances to these times. A Fire Permit is still required when it is raining.

Why can I only burn after 5:00 p.m.? & Why do I need a Permit? 

 
Remember, Wildfires burn more than just trees!


What can be burned?

 

 

 Clean, untreated wood and brush.

 

 

 Material must be no greater than 5 inches in diameter.

 

 
What cannot be burned?

 

 Combustible domestic waste as defined by RSA-125N, including, but not limited to:

 

 Household trash 
 
Packaging Material

 

 Plastic  

 Coated or laminated paper

 

 Rubber

 

 Painted or treated wood

 

 Coated or treated cardboard

 

 Oily rags

 

 Animal, vegetable and kitchen waste

 

 Treated wood or composite materials



Plastic and Treated Wood are examples of what you cannot burn.
Protecting our clean air is everyone's responsibility.




Fire Permits are broken down into

four
Categories 


Category I Fire

 

 

 A small controlled fire, such as a camp or cooking fire. 

 

 

 Must be contained within a ring of fire resistive material or in a portable fire place
 
 Cannot be greater than 2 feet in diameter.
 

 

 

 Must be at least 25 feet from a structure.

 

 

 When conditions allow, a Category I Fire may be kindled at any time of day whether raining or not. 

 

 

 Category I permits may be issued as a seasonal permit, but may be suspended if the Forest Fire Warden determines fire conditions to be too high.

Category II Fire

 

 

 A controlled fire, such as a camp or cooking fire.

 

 

 Must be contained within a ring of fire resistive material or in a portable fire place.

 

 

 Cannot be greater than 4 feet in diameter.

 

 

 Must be at least 50 feet from a structure.

 

 

 When conditions allow, a Category II Fire may only be kindled between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. unless it is actually raining.

 

 

 Category II permits may be issued as a seasonal permit, but may be suspended if the Forest Fire Warden determines fire conditions to be too high. 

Site Preparation for Category I and II Fires

Category III Fire

 

 

 A controlled fire greater than 4 feet in diameter or

 

 

 A controlled fire not contained within a ring of fire resistive material.

 

 

 Must be at least 50 feet from a structure.

 

 

 When conditions allow, a Category III Fire may only be kindled between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. unless it is actually raining.

 

 

 Category III permits are typically issued for no more than one to three days depending on weather conditions.

A Category III Fire.


Category IV Fire

 

 

 A controlled fire larger than a Category I Fire.

 

 

 May be kindled during the day between the hours of 9:00 a.m and 5:00 p.m. even if it is not raining.

 

 

 The permittee must comply with additional, special provisions to qualify for a Category IV Permit.

A Category IV Permit is issued jointly between the Forest Ranger and the Forest Fire Warden.



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