Can I burn brush in Salem?

Burning brush in Salem is allowed following strict rules.  A permit is required per NH RSA 227-L:7, and must be obtained at any one of our three (3) fire stations or on-line through the NH Division of Forest and Lands website,  prior to any open burning. 

Once you have obtained your permit you must follow the

SALEM General Outside Burning Rules

  1. Permittee must be at least 18 yrs old and the legal landowner or have the landowner's written permission to obtain a permit
  2. Each time you wish to burn you must call the Salem Fire Burn Permit phone number 603-685-6420 where you will be told if burning is authorized for that specific day.  You must call AFTER 4:30 PM.
  3. On days that it is actively raining or the ground is covered in snow, you may call the regular business number 603-890-2200 and ask if it is OK to burn, this is decided on a case by case basis
  4. Salem allows burning between 5:00 PM and Midnight
  5. Fires must be at least 50  feet away from all buildings, decks, sheds,etc
  6. Exception to #5 - chiminea style unit must be at least 25 feet
  7. Only clean wood can be burned - No construction debris, no trash, no leaves, no painted wood, no rubber
  8. Wood should not exceed 5 inches in diameter
  9. Do NOT use accelerants (gas, oil) to start the fire
  10. You must have some type of extinguishing equipment on hand (hose, extinguisher) to maintain control of the fire 
  11. You must completely extinguish the fire by midnight before leaving it

Please understand that if the fire department receives a request to check on a fire (permitted or not) we will always come out.  That does not mean that someone with a permit has done anything wrong - but we always error on the side of caution and may stop by.