Spring is slowly approaching and with it comes time for clean-up. Limbs, leaves and debris from what was a relatively mild winter are being gathered and stacked for disposal. Many people choose to compost or chip the winter remnants while others opt for burning. If you are among the latter then here is a bit of background information and few reminders on the process.
The Maine Forest Service generates a daily wildfire danger report beginning in early spring and continuing until the first wide spread snow in the fall. This report is usually issued at or before 9:00am daily and is based on current/future weather and wind conditions combined with readings from their network of sensors throughout Maine. This allows them to categorize the day based on the National Fire Danger Rating System. This is a color coded system and what you commonly see on fire stations throughout Maine.
- Green = low fire danger
- Blue = moderate fire danger
- Yellow = high fire danger
- Orange = very high fire danger
- Red = extreme fire danger
Any day coded as a yellow or higher means no burning is allowed and permits will not be issued.
A burning permit is REQUIRED for any outdoor burning, the only exceptions are for outdoor grills and fireplaces used for recreational purposes such as cooking. A permit can be obtained online for free at www.wardensreport.com or for a $7.00 fee through the Maine Forest Service at www.maineburnpermit.com. Since the fire danger changes from day to day permits are typically only issued for the actual day you are burning and you will find that neither website will allow a permit to be issued until the State has declared the fire class day. If you do not have access to the internet, you can obtain one in person at the fire station on Saturday or Sunday morning between 7:30am and 8:30am.
Please make sure to read and understand the permit. If you indicate the presence of a certain tool or piece of equipment then it needs to be on hand and readily available while burning. Also note there are several materials that cannot be burned including household trash and pressure treated lumber.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact the fire station at 666-3505 or Sagadahoc dispatch at 443-9711.