As of 3:00 pm on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, the Commissioner of Forests, Parks and Recreation is rescinding the statewide order directing the Town Forest Fire Wardens to cease issuing open burning permits for all Vermont counties except Bennington and Windham. This order was issued at 3:00 pm on May 5, 2015. Widespread soaking rain over the last 2 days and progress in leaf-out and greening of the State’s vegetation has reduced the fire danger concerns to levels low enough to warrant the removal of this order for much of the state.
In Bennington and Windham counties, the order to cease issuing open burning permits remains in effect. Critically dry fuel and weather conditions continue due to a lack of rain for the past 2 weeks. Other than scattered showers this afternoon and evening across southern Vermont, a return to a dry weather pattern is expected for the rest of the week. The order is set to expire in these counties on Tuesday, May 19, 2015.
Issuing open burning permits, known as a “Permit to Kindle Fire”, under the authority of title 10 V.S.A., Chapter 83, §2645 is now at the discretion of the Town Forest Fire Warden and Deputy Warden. Some fire wardens may continue to hold off on issuing burn permits in their towns until the fuel and weather conditions become more suitable for controlled burns.
“Since the order to cease issuing burning permits was implemented, the number of wildland fires has decreased significantly”, said Lars Lund, Vermont Forest Fire Supervisor. “On behalf of the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, we wish to thank the Town Forest Fire Wardens and Deputy Wardens for their education and prevention efforts during this time. We would also like to thank the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for their cooperation in publicizing this order.”
For more information, please call Lars Lund, State Forest Fire Supervisor (802-786-3856) or your local fire warden or check out #VTFireDanger on Twitter or visit the FPR Wildland Fire website at http://fpr.vermont.gov/forest/fires.