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RSA 227-L:17, I & II


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, [in or near woodlands, or where fire may be communicated to such land] except when the ground is covered with snow, without first obtaining a written fire permit from the forest fire warden of the town or city where the burning is to be done unless it is in the presence of the warden or warden's agent.


RSA 227-L:17, IV

Camp or cooking fire may be kindled only with written permission of the landowner or agent and a written fire permit from the forest fire warden, or his authorized agent in the town or city where the fire will be kindled.

A camp or cooking fire is a suitable fire in a suitable place for the purpose of cooking a meal.

A gas grille or charcoal fire in a container up and off the ground kindled by the landowner or with landowners permission does not require a written fire permit.


"OPEN BURNING" the burning of any material wherein products of combustion are emitted directly into the ambient air without passing through a stack or chimney from an enclosed container.

"COMPLETELY EXTINGUISHED" to put out so that the fire emits no smoke, heat or flames.

"INCINERATOR" a barrel type container that is solid, less than 7 cubic feet in size and no holes larger than 1/2" diameter and covered with a screen cover with holes not larger than 1/4".



Chapter Part Res 5600

A written fire permit shall be Summarily Suspended if any of the following fire permit restrictions are violated, and an Official Notice or a Summons shall be issued.

If a fire is kindled or material is burned between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. unless actually raining except for commercial permits.

If a fire is kindled or material burned at an unspecified date, time, place, or if material not specified on the written fire permit is burned.

If a fire is kindled or material burned when weather is unfavorable in the opinion of the issuing authority or proclamation closing the woodlands is in force.

If a fire is kindled or material burned when specified assistance or suppression equipment is not present to control the fire.

If permittee fails to keep the fire under control, or if the Director, Division of Forests and Lands, or his authorized agents or Warden feel that the material burned is causing a hazard endangering life and/or property.

If material being burned violates any state law, rule, or regulation or local ordinance and or New Hampshire Air Resources Division regulation regarding open burning.

All open fires shall be constantly attended until the fire is completely extinguished.

Fires kindled and materials burned shall be not less than 50 feet from any structure and provisions shall be made to prevent a fire from spreading to within 50 feet of any structure. Fires in approved containers shall be not be less than 25 feet from any structure.

You must be 18 years of age to obtain a written fire permit.


RSA 227-L: 17, V

ANY person causing or kindling a fire without fire permit from the Forest Fire Warden, or his authorized agent, when such permit is required, and any person by whose negligence or the negligence of his agents any fire is caused, shall be liable in civil action for the payment to the town, state or United States or any or all of the same of expenses incurred by the Forest Fire Warden or Deputy Warden in attending or extinguishing such fire.


RSA 227-L: 17, VII

ANY person violating the permit law and its provisions, and any person who willfully or recklessly kindles a fire that endangers woodlands, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine up to $2000.00 and/or up to one (1) year in jail, or both.

This is a synopsis of the laws, rules and regulations contained in RSA 227-L. If you have any questions, please contact your local Forest Fire Warden, your local Fire Department or your local Forest Ranger.




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