It is the policy of the Buxton Dispatch Center to issue burning permits using the following guidelines:
The Maine Forestry Service issues a class day on a daily basis starting the month of May to November. This class day is not given to dispatch centers until 09:00 hours, we base the decision as to whether or not permits will be issued on this class day.
If the class day is either a class 1 or class 2 day we will be able to issue burning permits sometime during the day. If the class day is a class 3 day, depending on the wind, we may be able to issue burning permits during the evening hours. If the class day is either a class 4 or class 5 burning permits will NOT be issued at all until after a significant rainfall.
It is also the policy of this dispatch center that burning permits will only be issued during the week (Mon - Fri) if it is raining (weather conditions permitting). If it is not actively raining during the daytime hours during the week we may issue permits after 5:00 pm (again depending on class day), this is due to the fact that most of the firefighters for the towns of Buxton & Hollis work outside of the towns and are not readily available to respond to a grass fire or brush fire, should the fire get out of control.
From November to May, winter burning will be allowed all day every day when there is a significant amount of snow covering the ground (or weather conditions permitting).
We are only able to issue permits on the day that you want to burn; we cannot give you a burning permit for any other day. Furthermore, there is a limit of 25 permits issued per day, on a first come first serve basis.
You also have the option of obtaining a burn permit on-line for a small fee just click on the following link: http://www.maine.gov/burnpermit and follow the directions.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us at 929-5151.