The Fire Chief is responsible for ensuring that public, commercial, and multi-family properties in town comply with the Life Safety Code, a set of national standards established by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and adopted by the town (see Article 6 of the town Fire Department Ordinance). Property owners are responsible for complying with this code, copies of which are available at the town office and the fire station. Enforcement is handled by the town Code Enforcement Officer and State Fire Marshall.
The Chief's goal is to work cooperatively with property owners to maximize safety. Yearly inspections are conducted, and if unsafe conditions are found the first step is to give property owners an opportunity to correct the hazard.
If you have any questions about the life safety code or your responsibilities as a property owner please the Camden Fire Department 207-236-7950.
Camden doesn't allow open burning without a permit issued by the fire department. You must obtain the permit on the same day you plan to burn, as weather conditions are an important safety consideration. All permits will obtained online at www.wardensreport.com.
In the interest of public safety, permits are not issued when the fire danger is determined to be "extreme" or "very high" by the Maine Forest Service, and only a limited number of permits are issued when the danger is "high." The Maine Forest Service posts current fire hazard conditions daily on their website.
Plan your burn when vegetation is damp and wind is calm. Burning when the ground is snow covered, during a light drizzle, and/or just before precipitation is forecast is ideal. Typically November-March offer the safest conditions for open burning, but even during winter vegetation can become dangerously dry when snow cover is sparse
When you receive a burn permit, you agree to follow a specific set of safe practices. Please review these carefully before burning:
- You must be at least 18 years of age to obtain an Open Burning Permit.
- It is illegal to burn without a permit in the state of Maine.
- You must print and sign your permit
- A hard copy of the permit must be in hand at all times during open burning
- Burn Permits will be issued only on Class I & II days as determined by the Maine Forest Service.
- Winds must be less than 10 mph in order to use your Burn Permit.
- If conditions for the permit change (such as the number of people, weather or wind conditions) while burning, it is the responsibility of the permit holder to extinguish the fire.
- If the town receives any type of complaint about the burning, we are obligated to investigate and may potentially extinguish fire. The fire you kindle with the burn permit may not create a nuisance to others.
- You may also be responsible to reimburse the Town and other entities for the cost of suppressing any fire.
- All fires must be extinguished on the permitted date and by the end time listed on the permit.
- You may not start a fire with any type of accelerant.
- You must own the property of the burn location or have written consent of the owner
State Regulations Covering Open Burning:
State of Maine Statute on Open Burning (Chapter 807 §9325)
Maine Dept. of Environmental Protection Statute on Open Burning (Chapter 102)
Maine Backyard Burning Law (Chapter 807)