During the Spring is when some folks will typically clean their yards, and that includes controlled burning. Now residents in the county can get their required burn permit, online.
It’s simply another option to getting a burn permit, but doing so online does have it’s benefits. It’s available 24/7, so you can purchase one just before doing a burn….. but the same rules still apply.
District Forest Ranger Robby Gross says, “It is important to note that the permit is good for after 5pm and and before 9 am. With the exception that if there’s any snow on the ground or of there’s a steady rain occurring, they can burn all day.”
The permit costs 7 dollars and is valid for 48 hours once the payment is made. You will need a printer because the permit needs to be with you during a burn. And the on-line burn permits are only valid on class 1 or 2 days.
Robby Gross, “The responsibility of the person that wants to burn is to go and look at what the weather conditions and fire condition dangers are before they obtain the online fire permit.”
Anyone can check on the class days by going online at www.Maine.gov/dacf/mfs. You can also call your local fire department to get the latest conditions.
Robby Gross, “We want people to obtain a fire permit when they’re going to burn and this is a great way to be able to do it. It doesn’t preclude the opportunity and ability to go and talk to a fire warden to get a fire permit as normal.”
The person getting a burn permit needs to make sure they have selected the proper location before starting the fire. Permits purchased for the wrong location are considered invalid, and other restrictions do apply.
Robby Gross, “There are some restrictions set up on the burn permit system, such as having a water source, making sure you attend to the fire at all times, making sure it’s away from any structures.”
The online process first started in southern Maine in 2005 as a trial project, and now the department of agriculture conservation and forestry is giving the entire state the opportunity to reap the benefits of going online for a quicker and more convenient process.
No campfire permits are issued on-line by the State of Maine. You will still need to contact the Maine Forest Service or your local fire department for campfire permits.