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Note that we can no longer do burn permits by text , so it is easiest for you (and for us) if you get them here:
You do not need to print and sign the permit as long as you have it on your phone by either:

  • keeping the web page open

  • taking a screenshot

  • having it in your email

You also do not need to call the burn line if you get the permit online. The state sends us a notification

Brooklin Town Wildfire Warden

Click here to get a permit quickly and easily for free


Note that we can no longer issue permits by phone nor text,

we will need your signature in person if you contact one of the following for a permit:

Name                    Title                             Phone          Usual Daytime location

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

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    272-3360      North Brooklin




Click here to check the fire danger in Zone 11

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 checked off on your permit. Hand tools are a steel rake and shovel.

  • You must have at least one person present per burn pile. Do not leave any burn pile unattended at any time

  • 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:  

      • The name on the permit

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

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

      • 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)

    • 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 and Fire Pits

    • Campfires and fire pits are only permissible on your own property or with written permission from the land owner

    • Any campfire or fire pit more than 2 or 3 feet in diameter or with flames higher than 3 feet from the ground requires a burn permit

    • Any burn material other than standard camp logs requires a burn permit

    • Campfires and fire pits on most public lands (including islands) require a burn permit from the Maine Forest Service

    • Build campfires and fire pits 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 or fire pit 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

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