Fire Permits & The Weather
Given the significant lack of precipitation and the long range forecast not showing any improvement, the Governor and State Officials are becoming very, very concerned about fire danger and water shortages. There are ongoing discussions about the likely possibility of bans on outside burning and water restrictions. Currently we in this part of the State are in a “Very Dry” weather situation.
We responded to an incident this week that had a huge potential of becoming a large scale forest fire with significant property loss associated with Category III brush burning permit. Fortunately it was discovered in time and we were able to mitigate the problem before it became an issue. The forest fires that have occurred in NH thus far have taken much more time, equipment, and manpower to extinguish due to the current conditions and as a result have cost much more than usual.
With the turning of the leaves and the coming of the Fall season, the conditions are only going to get worse as the vegetation dies off and dries up. In the interest of being proactive we have decided to start the following to reduce the potential of any large scale incidents in Bartlett, NH.
There will be no Category 3 fire permits issued until further notice
For the time being, permits for Category I & II, small controlled campfires will continue to be issued.
We ask if you do have a campfire on your property, never leave it unattended, make sure you have adequate water supply to extinguish the fire before lighting it, and please make certain to completely extinguish the fire before leaving it unattended!! In addition if you do not own the property, you MUST have written permission from the property owner before acquiring a permit.
You, the permittee, are 100% responsible and liable for all damages caused by your fire and are completely responsible for the costs of extinguishing any fire that is not properly extinguished, left unattended, or gets out of your control.
We will continue to monitor this situation very closely and do expect to even further restrict open burning in Bartlett, NH as conditions worsen.
Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our Town and woods safe,
L. Patrick Roberts, Forest Warden/Fire Chief 603-383-9555