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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