Seasonal Permits (For small camp fires ONLY, category I or II) and category III brush are issued at our Central Station on Mammoth Rd only. If you have been issued a seasonal permit for the calendar year, you may call in each day for authorization for a camp fire at 432-1100 Ext. 311 or 421-1380 .
See definitions of categories below for appropriate type of permit required for your type of fire.
You CAN NOT burn piles of brush with a seasonal permit.
See restrictions below.
- All outside fires with the exception of charcoal and gas require a permit in the State of New Hampshire.
- When a Fire Permit is Required:
- A fire permit is required anytime there is not a 100 foot radius of complete snow cover around the fire.
- Who is Eligible for an Outside Fire:
- The property owner.
- The property owners’ designee (anyone other than the legal property owner) with written permission from the property owner, including when there is a 100 foot radius of complete snow cover around the fire.
- Times Fires May be Kindled:
- Fires may only be kindled after 5:00 p.m. on Class III or lower days and must be extinguished before 9:00 a.m. With three exceptions:
- 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.
- 3: Anytime there is a 100 foot radius of complete snow cover around the fire.
- Permissible material to be burned:
- Only clean, untreated and non-contaminated wood may be burned.
- Brush and wood cannot exceed 5 inches in diameter.
- No household waste, treated wood or composite materials may be burned.
- No construction debris may be burned.
- No accelerants, tires, or tubes are to be used in the material being burned.
- A Category I Fire is a camp or cooking fire no greater than 2 ft. in diameter contained within a fire resistive ring. A Category I fire must be at least 25’ from structures. This would also include commercially made fire pits, chimneas and outdoor fireplaces. These fires may be kindled at any time, conditions permitting. Seasonal permits available.
- A Category II Fire is a camp or cooking fire no greater than 4 ft. in diameter contained within a fire resistive ring. A Category II or greater fire must be at least 50’ from structures. These fires may only be kindled between the hours of 5:00 pm and 9:00 am, unless it is actively raining or the ground is snow covered. Seasonal permits available.
- A Category III Fire means any other fire that is greater than 4 ft. in diameter or not contained in a fire resistive ring, such as an open brush/debris pile fire. A Category III fire must be at least 50’ from structures. These fires may only be kindled between the hours of 5:00 pm and 9:00 am, unless it is actively raining or the ground is snow covered. No Seasonal permits. A new permit is required for each day of burning.
- A permit is required even when it is actively raining.
- A permit is NOT required anytime there is a 100 foot radius of complete snow cover around the fire.
- Permittee must be at least 18 years old and the legal landowner, or have the landowner’s written approval. The written approval must be submitted to receive a permit or on site with the land owners designee if snow covered.
- All fires shall be constantly attended until the fire is completely extinguished. A buried fire is not considered extinguished. “Completely extinguished” means to be extinguished so that it emits no smoke, heat, or flames.
- Permittee must have proper suppression equipment to maintain control of the fire at all times.
- Incinerator permits are no longer allowed, per RSA 125-N.
For more information click here for the NH State Forest and Lands Website