Spring is finally here and with that comes the chore of cleaning up your yard from the many storms over the winter. You may have dropped branches strewn across your property or maybe you just want to relax outside and enjoy the fresh air with the small, warm, cozy fire. All this can be done and sounds great, just remember this requires a fire permit by NH State law. No burning is allowed anywhere in NH without a valid, written fire permit under NH RSA 227-L:17. If you start a fire in the woodlands or do not obtain a written fire permit when a permit is required, a person may be guilty of a misdemeanor and fined up to $2,000 or imprisoned for a period up to one year.
New Hampshire Forests and Lands who oversees and enforces all outside burning offers property owners the option to purchase open burning permits online. The web address is https://nhdflweb.sovsportsnet.net/ or google search NH fire permits. Through their easy online process you will be able to purchase an open burning permit 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, providing permits are being issued at the time. Although online burn permits can be purchased at any time, open burning (brush piles) can only be conducted after 5pm and before 9am. The only exception to the allowable burning times occurs if you have purchased a permit and there is a steady rain. Smaller, 2 foot diameter fire pits are the only exception that allows burning during daytime hours, weather permitting.
Fire permits can also be obtained at the fire station Monday through Friday, 8am to 4pm from the on duty staff if they are in the station and available to assist you.
We cannot guarantee someone will always be in the station as there are only two firefighter / EMT’s on duty for both emergency calls or they may be out conducting inspections or fire drills. We highly recommend the online system as it is accessible to you 24 hours a day.
Seasonal fire permits are available for Category 1 (2 foot diameter) or Category 2 (2-3 foot diameter) store purchased or home made fire resistive fire pits. Homemade fire pits cannot exceed the burning diameter of each category. Seasonal fire permits cannot be obtained for brush piles, which are issued on a daily basis depending on current weather conditions ie: wind, humidity and ground conditions. Please remember to have a hose line and means to extinguish a fire available while burning and to completely extinguish a fire after burning. The person who pulls the permit (the homeowner) is legally responsible for extinguishment. All the rules and regulations for burning as well general burning information can be found on the state website or visit our website LFANH.com and click on fire permits for more information.
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