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Use the form below to request a new seasonal burning permit for the 2020 calendar year. We apologize but at this time we are unable to handle single use burning permits.
NO CATEGORY II OR III FIRE SHALL BE KINDLED OR MATERIAL BURNED BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 5:00 P.M. AND MIDNIGHT. PLEASE READ THE SYNOPSIS OF THE LAW CONTAINED BELOW.
SYNOPSIS OF FIRE PERMIT LAWS AND ADMINISTRATIVE RULES
From RSA 227-L:17 and Res 5600
Permission - No person shall kindle a fire upon the land of another without written permission from the owner, agent or caretaker thereof.
Permits - No person, firm, or corporation shall kindle or cause to be kindled any fire or shall burn or cause to be burned any material, and no city or town shall kindle or maintain a fire on a public dump, except when the ground is covered with snow, without first obtaining a written permit from the forest fire warden of the town where the burning is to be done unless it is in the presence of the warden or the warden’s agent. The State Forester may make and adopt such reasonable rules and regulations as may be necessary to give effect to the provision, and he shall prepare all state permits issued by Forest Fire Wardens, or his agent.
Liability - Any person, firm or corporation causing or kindling a fire without a permit, when a permit is required, and also any person by whose negligence or the negligence of his agents any fire shall be caused, is liable to the town for all expenses incurred in attending or extinguishing such fire. Every person who shall set fire on any land that shall run upon the land of another, shall pay to the owner all damages done by such fire.
Category I Fire - means a small controlled fire, such as a camp or cooking fire, no greater than 2’ in diameter contained within a ring of fire resistive material or in a portable fireplace. A category I fire, conditions permitting, may be kindled with a permit between the hours of 5:00pm and midnight. This permit can be issued as a seasonal permit which runs from the date of issuance until December 31 of the calendar year of issuance.
Category II Fire - means a controlled fire, such as a camp or cooking fire, no greater than 4’ in diameter contained within a ring of fire resistive material or in a portable fireplace. A category II fire, conditions permitting, may only be kindled with a permit between the hours of 5:00 pm and midnight.
Category III Fire - means any other fire, not a category I or category II fire or a fire greater than 4’ in diameter or a fire not contained within a ring of resistive material. A category III fire, conditions permitting, may only be kindled with a permit between the hours of 5:00 pm and midnight.
Category I or Category II Fires - When written permission has been obtained from the landowner, and a written permit from the Forest Fire Warden, or his agent, category I or category II fires may be kindled in fireplaces, at suitable times and in suitable places where they will not endanger woodlands. Category I and II fires must be kindled in an approved device or enclosed by a fire ring. Upon failure to totally extinguish such fires, the parties responsible are subject to the same liabilities and penalties as are prescribed for other fires.
Currently Nashua is not issuing Category 2 and Category 3 burning permits online. Call Nashua Fire at 603-594-3636 if you need to obtain these permits.
Penalty - For kindling a fire in woodlands of another without written permission of the owner, or for kindling any fire without a written permit when a permit is required, a person may be guilty of a misdemeanor and fined up to $2,000.00, and/or imprisoned for a period of up to 1 year.
Please review the category 1 burning permit description.
Pit must be located 25 feet from any structure. Please describe where on your property the burning pit is located.
The Burning form will be emailed to you when your permit is approved. You will need to create a free account & sign-in to submit a burning notice. https://www.nashuanh.gov/FormCenter/Fire-Rescue-27/Nashua-Fire-Burning-Permit-Use-137The Burning Use Form will NOT be available if fire conditions are not safe for an open burn.
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