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Brooklin Town Forest Fire Warden

PO Box 17 | Brooklin, ME 04616-0017 

 

To Obtain a burn permit, Contact one of the following:

Name                    Title                             Phone           Usual Daytime location

Peter Gray           Fire Warden                 610-3791      yard office at Hammond Lumber in Blue Hill    

Jerry Gray            Deputy Fire Warden    460-0896      various job sites around Brooklin

Scott Holden        Deputy Fire Warden    479-1355      various job sites in and out of Brooklin

Tommy Morris      Deputy Fire Warden    619-3360      1100 Bay Rd, Brooklin

 

BURN INSTRUCTIONS AND REQUIREMENTS

Make sure to check the fire danger at http://mainefireweather.org

You may only burn on days when the fire danger is low or moderate in Zone 11. The fire danger is updated at 9:00 AM each day.

You may not burn if winds or wind gusts will be more than 10 miles per hour at any time during your burn

The fire chief and fire warden may choose to not allow burns at other times regardless of the state fire danger

The ONLY permissible burns in Brooklin WITH a permit are:

  • Recreational campfires kindled when the ground is not covered by snow

  • Burning for agricultural purposes, which include but are not limited to open burning of blueberry fields, potato tops, and hay fields and prescribed burning for timberland management.

  • Out-of-door burning of wood wastes and unpainted wood from demolition debris in the open. Acceptable wood wastes are:

    • Brush

    • Stumps

    • UNTREATED and UNPAINTED Lumber

    • Bark

    • wood chips

    • shavings

    • slabs

    • edgings

    • slash

    • sawdust

  • Open burning of leaves, brush, deadwood and tree cuttings accrued from normal property maintenance by the individual landowner or lessee of the land 

  • You must have on hand at all times the tools, water and personnel that are specified on your permit

  • You must have at least one person present for each burn pile

  • You can only burn when winds are 10 mph or less at the site of the fire.​

You can tell if winds are low enough by holding a 3’ long piece of flagging tape at arm’s length. If the tape stays below horizontal, winds are less than 10 mph and adequate for a burn. This does not apply if it is raining or there is snow. 

  • You must leave a message on our Burn Line each time you are about to begin a burn

Call 619-BFD0  (619-2330) and state:  

  1. The name on the permit

  2. The street address/private road that provides the nearest vehicle access to the burn

  3. The time you are starting and the time that you expect to finish the burn

  4. A phone number where you can be reached during the burn

  • Burn Tips

    • Never burn on windy days

    • Keep your fire reasonably small, no larger than you can control should problems arise

    • All burning permits are valid only during class 1 or 2 days (low-moderate),the permittee is responsible to verify the class day by visiting www.maineforestservice.org before burning

    • Avoid burning near buildings

    • Check weather conditions prior to any open burning

    • Burn only legal materials. If unsure, check with your local fire officials or Maine Forest Service Ranger

    • Attend to all fires until they are completely out. Make sure your fire has not burned deep into the ground

  • Campfires

    • Campfires are only permissible on your own property or with written permission from the land owner
    • Any campfire more than 2 or 3 feet in diameter requires a burn permit
    • Any burn material other than standard camp logs requires a burn permit
    • Campfires on most public lands (including islands) require a burn permit from the Maine Forest Service
    • Build campfires away from overhanging branches, steep slopes, rotten stumps, logs, dry grass and leaves
    • Shore-front campfires should be built below the high tide line
    • Surround your fire with rocks and build on a 10 foot-diameter circle of mineral soil
    • Keep plenty of water handy and have a shovel available for throwing dirt on the fire if it gets out of control
    • Start with dry twigs and small sticks, add larger sticks as the fire builds up
    • Put the largest pieces of wood on last, pointing them toward the center of the fire, gradually pushing them into the flames
    • Keep your fire small
    • Never leave your campfire unattended
    • Drown your fire with water, making sure all embers, coals and sticks are wet. Move rocks-there may be burning embers underneath
    • Stir the remains, add more water, and stir again
    • Feel the materials with your bare hands

Brooklin Fire Department // PO Box 17 // Brooklin, ME 04616-0017 // 207.359. 4498