The dedicated team of the Rollinsford Fire Department is here to keep Rollinsford residents safe. PLEASE NOTE: THE FIRE STATION IS NOT MANNED AROUND THE CLOCK. Our members respond from home, work, etc. to report for emergency calls. For those interested in joining the department as a member, meeting nights are currently every Monday from 6pm to 9pm.
Burning permits can be obtained at the fire station on Monday evenings from 6-6:30PM or online (a small fee is assessed by the state for the online service).
Not sure if you need a burning permit? Click here for more information.
General Burn Permit Rules
- Anyone who wishes to burn clean, ordinary combustibles such as leaves, brush or untreated lumber, or have a camp or cooking fire MUST have written permission from the landowner AND a fire permit.
- Permittee must be at least 18 years old
- Brush and wood must not exceed 5 inches in diameter. No household waste, treated wood or composite materials may be burned.
- A category I fire must be at least 25’ from structures and category II or greater fire must be at least 50’ from structures.
- A category I fire may be kindled with a permit at any time whether raining or not. A category II and category III fire may only be kindled with a permit between the hours of 5:00pm and 9:00am unless it is actually raining.
- The fire must be extinguished prior to 9:00am and not rekindled until after 5:00pm
- You must have written landowner approval in order to receive a fire permit, or furnish proof that you are the legal landowner.
- The NH Department of Environmental Services has regulations that must be followed regarding the testing and abatement of asbestos prior to demolition. Only clean, untreated/unpainted and non-contaminated wood may be burned.
- Permittee must have sufficient water, tools and personnel necessary to control and completely extinguish the fire. A buried fire is NOT an extinguished fire.
- Using tires or tubes to start a fire is a direct violation of the NH DES Air Resources Division rules and regulations.
Burning Permit FAQ's
What does the daily fire danger system mean? How do I know when it is safe to burn?
- Low (Green) – Controlled burns can usually be executed with reasonable safety.
- Moderate (Blue) – Although controlled burning can be done without creating a hazard, routine caution should be taken.
- High (Yellow) – Outdoor burning should be restricted to early morning and late evening hours.
- Very High (Orange) – Outdoor burning is not recommended.
- Extreme (Red) – NO OUTDOOR BURNING SHOULD TAKE PLACE IN AREAS WITH EXTREME FIRE DANGER.
Where do I find the daily conditions?
The daily conditions are available HERE.
If you have any questions, please call the fire station: (603)742-2803 and leave a message (THE FIRE STATION IS NOT STAFFED AROUND THE CLOCK. IF YOU HAVE AN EMERGENCY CALL 911) or you may send an email with non-emergent questions.
The Rollinsford Fire Station is not staffed on a regular schedule. Our members are volunteers that respond to emergency calls when they are dispatched. Weekly meetings are Monday evenings from 6pm -9pm.