Fire Warden

According to Vermont Legislation (10 V.S.A. § 2641),  Forest Fire Wardens are appointed by the Commissioner of Forests, Parks and Recreation, with the approval of the town's Selectboard, and shall serve for a term of five (5) years.  According to 10 V.S.A. § 2644, the Fire Warden's duties include the suppression of wildland fires within the town, and the enforcement of Forest Fire Laws.


A Burn Permit may be granted under the following conditions:


1.  The landowner is the only person eligible to obtain a Fire Permit for a specific location.  This permit is valid only for the place and time stated. 


2.  This permit in no way relieves the person to whom it is granted from any liability related to the fire or any damages it might cause.


3.  The person setting the fire must at all times have sufficient help and tools present to control the fire.


4.  Only natural wood material may be burned under this permit.  Other materials require an air pollution permit as well as this permit.


5.  The fire must not be left unattended until it is entirely extinguished.


6.  Restricted materials cannot be used to ignite natural wood materials.


7.  Any special conditions written on this permit are to be considered as part of “conditions to burn”.


8.  If any permit condition is not followed, then the permit is immediately invalid and you will be burning illegally.


9.  Violation of the conditions of this permit may result in the permittee receiving a “Vermont Fire Prevention Ticket” which will result in court action and a fine for each day of violation.


10.  Leaving a message on the Fire Warden’s phone does not give you the permission to burn.


11.  If you do not understand the law or have further questions, contact your local forest fire warden before you burn.  This permit may be cancelled for cause at any time.


The burning of any solid waste by open fire or incineration in the State of Vermont is prohibited.  A special written permit may be granted by the Fire Warden or his designee for open burning of yard and garden debris including: trees, stumps, brush, untreated wood, lawn clippings, and leaves, provided that no hazardous conditions will be created by such burning. 


Burn Permits are only issued through the Fire Warden or his designee.  Do not expect a burn permit to be issued the same day as the request.