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Burn Permits

Burn Permit Links

Getting a Burn Permit

Burn permits are available online at As of October 2021 this service is free. If you're unable to use this system, the town office can assist you during normal business hours.

READ YOUR BURN PERMIT. There are different requirements for different conditions, and kinds and sizes of open burning. You must have the required number of people, water, and equipment on hand.

Commercial agriculture operations and contractors with additional equipment needing exceptions may contact Fire Chief Bryan McLellan at or 207-481-1037.

Fire Conditions and Safety

Burning is only permitted during Class 1 and Class 2 days when the wind is below 10mph. Fire danger classes are determined by the Maine Forest Service based on current weather and conditions. They are updated daily at 9am and can be found at Surry is in Zone 11. The online state burn permit system will not issue permits on Class 3 or higher days. It also will not issue permits on the rare state "Red Flag Warning" days where wind combines with other factors to create an extreme risk. No outdoor fires of ANY kind are permitted on these rarely issued days.

Burn permits are only issued for after 5pm on week days in Surry. The Surry Fire Department is all volunteers, as are most departments in Hancock County. We have a very limited number of firefighters available in the region during a weekday. For your convenience, open burning is permitted in Surry after 9am on weekends, of course with a permit and conditions permitting. 

  • Read your burn permit for requirements.
  • Do NOT leave your fire unattended!
  • Shovels or rakes, and a ready water supply are required at the burn location.
  • Call 911 immediately if the fire gets out of your control.