Wildland Fire

The term “wildland fire” includes all grass, brush, and forest fires. Each year Vermont experiences many wildland fires during its two primary fire seasons, spring and fall. Burning debris is the most common cause of wildland fires in Vermont. To help prevent forest fires, Town Forest Fire Wardens issue burn permits and engage the public in fire education.

Fire assistance is provided to protect people, property, and natural resources from uncontrolled wildfire events in rural Vermont by working with Town Forest Fire Wardens, regional partners in the Northeast Forest Fire Protection Commission, and federal agencies. By request, we provide technical support and specialized forest firefighting equipment to assist towns in suppressing large or difficult wildfires.

Training courses are presented by Forest Protection Specialists to town firefighters and other fire service organizations in cooperation with the Vermont Fire Academy and the US Forest Service.

District 1: Windham & Windsor Counties
Jim Esden
100 Mineral Street, Suite 304
Springfield, VT 05156-3168
802-777-1591
jim.esden@vermont.gov

District 2:  Bennington & Rutland Counties 
Lars Lund
271 North Main Street, Suite 215
Rutland, VT 05701-2423
802-777-4188
lars.lund@vermont.gov

District 3:  Addison, Chittenden, Franklin & Grand Isle Counties 
Dan Dillner
111 West Street
Essex Junction, VT 05452-4695
802-777-3079
dan.dillner@vermont.gov

District 4:  Lamoille, Orange & Washington Counties
Jon Cherico
5 Perry Street, Suite 20
Barre, VT 05641-4265
802-522-2054
jonathan.cherico@vermont.gov

District 5:  Caledonia, Essex & Orleans Counties 
Emily Meacham
374 Emerson Falls Rd, Suite 4
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819-9083
802-595-0169
emily.meacham@vermont.gov

Danielle Fitzko, Director
Division of Forests
1 National Life Drive, Davis 2
Montpelier, VT 05620
(802) 828-1531