Plymouth Fire-Rescue

42 Highland St.

Plymouth, NH 03264

Administrative Hours:

Monday-Friday

8:00am-4:00pm

Phone-(603)536-1253

Fax-(603)536-0035

General Inquiries:

bstevens3@plymouth.edu

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Fire Permits

Do I need a Fire Permit?

The state of New Hampshire requires anyone who wishes to burn clean, ordinary combustibles such as leaves, brush or untreated lumber, or have a camp or cooking fire to have written permission from the landowner and a written fire permit from the local forest fire warden or local fire department in the town or city where the fire will be kindled.

Where do I obtain a Fire Permit?

Fire Permits must be obtained at the Plymouth Fire Department, 42 Highland St. or online at www.nhfirepermit.com

When do I need a Fire Permit? 

A Fire Permit is required anytime there is not a 100 foot radius of complete snow cover around the fire.

What time can a fire be kindled? 

Fires may only be kindled after 5:00 p.m. and must be extinguished before 9:00 a.m. 
There are two exemptions to this:

 1: When the Forest Fire Warden determines that conditions are appropriate Category I (Campfire) permits may allow for a small (under 2 foot diameter) fire to be burned during the day. 

 2: When there is continuous rainfall, however, the fire must be extinguished when the rain stops. A Fire Permit is still required when it is raining.

What can be burned? 

Clean, untreated wood and brush. The material must be no greater than 5 inches in diameter.

What cannot be burned? 

Household trash, packaging material, plastic, coated or laminated paper, rubber, painted or treated wood, coated or treated cardboard, oily rags, treated wood, composite materials, animal, vegetable and kitchen waste.

Fire Permit Categories:

Category I Fire - 

  • A small controlled fire, such as a camp or cooking fire. 

  • Must be contained within a ring of fire resistive material or in a portable fireplace

  • Cannot be greater than 2 feet in diameter. 

  • Must be at least 25 feet from a structure.

  • When conditions allow, a Category I Fire may be kindled at any time of day whether raining or not. 

  • Category I permits may be issued as a seasonal permit but may be suspended if the Forest Fire Warden determines fire conditions to be too high. 

Category II Fire –

  • A controlled fire, such as a camp or cooking fire.

  • Must be contained within a ring of fire resistive material or in a portable fireplace.

  • Cannot be greater than 4 feet in diameter.

  • Must be at least 50 feet from a structure.

  • When conditions allow, a Category II Fire may only be kindled between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. unless it is actually raining.

  • Category II permits may be issued as a seasonal permit but may be suspended if the Forest Fire Warden determines fire conditions to be too high. 

Category III Fire –

  • A controlled fire greater than 4 feet in diameter or

  • A controlled fire not contained within a ring of fire resistive material.

  • Must be at least 50 feet from a structure.

  • When conditions allow, a Category III Fire may only be kindled between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. unless it is actually raining.

  • Category III permits are typically issued for no more than one to three days depending on weather conditions.

Category IV Fire –

  • A controlled fire larger than a Category I Fire.

  • May be kindled during the day between the hours of 9:00 a.m and 5:00 p.m. even if it is not raining.

  • The permittee must comply with additional, special provisions to qualify for a Category IV Permit.

  • A Category IV Permit is issued jointly between the Forest Ranger and the Forest Fire Warden.