New open burning law in Maine requires permits for larger campfires
AUGUSTA — To enhance fire safety 和 prevent wildfires, 缅因州农业部, 保育及林业 (DACF) is implementing a new law that m和ates burn permits for larger campfires. 法律, LD 24, 将于周三生效, 10月25日, 2023, 和 will impact fires that exceed 3 feet in height 和 3 feet in diameter that are not for debris disposal.
“值得注意的是, permits for burning brush 和 wood debris remain unaffected 和 are still required under the existing regulations,DACF说, 在新闻发布会上.
The new law also makes it unlawful for burning outdoors during red flag warning days, 根据新闻稿.
Maine residents 和 游客 planning fires larger than the specified dimensions, 通常被称为“篝火”,"将被要求获得焚烧许可. These permits are available free of charge 和 can be secured online after 9 a.m. at maineburnpermit.com.
This new regulation aims to mitigate the risk of larger campfires getting out of control 和 causing wildfires. 这类火灾需要许可, the state hopes to ensure fire safety measures are in place, reducing the potential for fire-related emergencies.
Spearheaded by DACF's Maine Forest Service (MFS), 缅因州护林员s launched an informational campaign to create public awareness about this significant change. An awareness campaign will continue through Spring 2024. The Rangers are actively engaging with communities across the state to educate 和 inform the public about the new law.
- Rangers have distributed brochures 和 displayed informative posters at various events, including recent Fire Prevention Week open houses.
- A poster detailing the law's specifics is available as a downloadable PDF on the DACF Forest Protection Division 网页.
- The MFS worked closely with InforME (Information Resource of Maine) to update the online burn permit system to accommodate the changes necessitated by LD 24.
The MFS is committed to answering any questions 和 addressing concerns from the public regarding this new law. For additional information 和 updates regarding the new open burning law in Maine, 请按照 缅因州护林员 和 DACF Facebook页面.
缅因州林务局, a division of the Department of Agriculture, 保育及林业, is dedicated to the stewardship 和 protection of the state's forests. 森林健康与监测, 森林政策和管理, 和 Forest Protection teams work tirelessly to ensure the safety 和 well-being of Maine's residents, 游客, 自然资源. The implementation of LD 24 is a crucial step toward promoting responsible open burning practices 和 safeguarding the environment.