We are quickly approaching the time of year, at least here in Maine, when we try to spend as much time as possible outside.  Let's face it, the nice weather here in New England does not last nearly long enough, so we have to make the most of it.

Because the warm weather season is so short, many people choose to continue their outdoor fun even after the sun goes down.

There really is no better way to spend a summer evening than by hanging out with your friends and family by the fire pit or campfire.  Picture it: the kids are roasting marshmallows, you and your friends have sipping a beer, and your honey is cuddled up next to you.  Is there a better way to spend a summer night?  We don't think so, either.

If you are lucky enough to have a backyard, there is a good chance you have fire pit or an outdoor fireplace.  And there are no special rules for having a fire pit or a campfire in your yard, right?  Right?

Well, after a friend brought up going to get a burn permit before having a campfire in his backyard, I decided to do some digging.

According to the State of Maine website,in most cases, you are not required to have a burn permit. Assuming no other restrictions are preventing you from burning and as long as the fire it not too large.

The State of Maine website breaks down the rules HERE.

There are a few things to keep in mind, though.  As of October 2023, a new law went into effect in Maine that requires a burn permit for larger fires.  Basically, any fire that is at least 3' feet or 3' wide.  You can read more HERE

Also, you should keep an eye on weather conditions.  If it is too dry or the winds are too high, that backyard fire could quickly become a wildfire.

Actually, the state of Maine is a very burn-happy state!  According to the site, there are very few things that you cannot burn, as long as you have the proper permits.

Keep in mind that these are the rules for the state.  It is still possible that your town may have different rules regarding fires.  So make sure you check with the local fire department.

Of course, no matter what your purpose for the fire, please make sure you do things properly and follow all safety guidelines.

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